PIA 'go-slow' end as PIA, Palpa reach agreement

KARACHI (INP): The national flag carrier on Monday resolved the 'go-slow' policy adopted by its pilots in protest against the non-payment of their dues. The matter was resolved after marathon negotiations between the PIA administration and Pakistan Air Lines Pilots Association (Palpa). According to sources, Palpa had demanded the clearing of all their dues, which have been pending for two months. An agreement was signed by PIA's Managing Director Captain Junaid Younus. "The pact has been signed by MD PIA on behalf of the government and PIA, according to which we will pay 50% of their pending allowances and dues in three installments in October, while the rest will be paid November and December," PIA Chairman and Secretary Aviation, Muhammad Ali Gardezi, told media. The associations total dues stand at Rs80 million, and the administration has decided to pay Rs40 million in three parts. Fifty percent of the dues have been divided into three installments: the first will be paid tomorrow (Monday, October 13); second on October 18 while the third payment of dues and allowances will be made on October 31. Hence, Palpa has announced to end its unofficial 'go-slow' policy. According to sources, the 'go-slow' policy has delayed roughly 50 PIA flights in last 96 hours, 15 scheduled for international routes. "Usually, minor issues with the aircraft are ignored by the captain but once there is a conflict with the administration, they start getting into internal quality checks as per the book," said a source. "Hence, the flights start getting delayed." At this point, any refusal from the PIA administration regarding the payment can directly affect the return of Hajj pilgrims, resulting in huge penalties for PIA, internationally, the sources added.


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