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PIA Announces Record Number of Promotions for Flight Attendants

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:52 pm

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Aug 11, 2019

KARACHI:
The national flag-carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has announced the record number of promotions of 1,000 flight attendants as it was the highest-ever figure in the history citing past records, ARY News reported on Saturday.

The announcement was made through a notification issued by the administration, a copy of which obtained by ARY News, prior to the upcoming major event of Eid-ul-Azha falling on Monday (August 12).

Sources said that the large-scale promotions were made for the first time in history in Flight Services Department of the national flag-carrier as more than 600 flight attendants were promotion to Grade 4 to Grade 5, whereas, more than 90 attendants were promoted to Group 6 from Grade-5.

According to the notification, more than 121 attendants were lifted from Grade 5 to Grade 6, more than 726 from Grade 4 to Grade 5, more than 94 from Grade 6 to Grade 7 and 15 were promoted to Grade 8 from Grade 7.

Moreover, the administration has also approved the promotion of more than 100 ground staff members to the next grade. The General Manager of Flight Services Department said that the management will notify promotions of different groups of ground staff after completion of its post-Hajj flight operations.

Sources said that the phase of promotions for flight attendants was delayed due to different reasons including political pressure, priorities of employees’ unions, misusage of regulations and exemption orders.

The PIA spokesperson termed the development as the ‘record number’ of promotion in the history of the national flag-carrier as most of the crew members have been awarded promotion after 15 years.

The decision was finalised by the promotion board and the promotions were made on transparent principles which ensured merit-based promotions of the employees, the spokesperson added.

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Re: PIA Announces Record Number of Promotions for Flight Attendants

Post by arkamri » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:09 am

As a government employee, I’m seriously concerned with grades and promotions. May I know about the grades 4-5-6-7-8-9 of flight services deptt and change / addition of responsibilities with each grade? May I know a system of these grades’ equality with other pay scales of Pakistan civil and military services? May I also get information about the group-4-5-6-7 etc in PIA (Probably Officers and management level groups)?
Detailed information will make it easier to understand / appreciate the decision pertaining to mentioned promotions. Reply will be highly appreciated.

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Re: PIA Announces Record Number of Promotions for Flight Attendants

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arkamri wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:09 am
As a government employee, I’m seriously concerned with grades and promotions. May I know about the grades 4-5-6-7-8-9 of flight services deptt and change / addition of responsibilities with each grade? May I know a system of these grades’ equality with other pay scales of Pakistan civil and military services? May I also get information about the group-4-5-6-7 etc in PIA (Probably Officers and management level groups)?
Detailed information will make it easier to understand / appreciate the decision pertaining to mentioned promotions. Reply will be highly appreciated.
Try contacting PIA official spoke person.
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Re: PIA Announces Record Number of Promotions for Flight Attendants

Post by arkamri » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:13 am

Sir, with due regards, my personal experience, after following this forum almost round the clock for many years, clarifies that members here have more knowledge about aviation and service related information than official spoke persons (of PIA *in this case).

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PIA announces promotions for flight attendants

Salah Uddin On Sep 14, 2019

KARACHI:
The national flag-carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has announced the promotion of 229 flight attendants, ARY News reported on Friday.

According to a notification issued by the administration, a copy of which obtained by ARY News, around 229 flight attendants were promoted to upper grades.

Around 120 flight attendants were promoted to Grade 6 from Grade 5, whereas, more than 96 attendants were promoted to Group 7, reads a notification.

Similarly, 13 attendants were lifted from Grade 7 to Grade 8.

Earlier in August, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), had announced a record number of promotions of 1,000 flight attendants as it was the highest-ever figure in the history citing past records.

Sources had said that the large-scale promotions were made for the first time in history in Flight Services Department of the national flag-carrier as more than 600 flight attendants were promoted to Grade 4 to Grade 5, whereas, more than 90 attendants were promoted to Group 6 from Grade-5.

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Re: PIA Announces Record Number of Promotions for Flight Attendants

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:33 am

PIA has suspended Pay Group VI to VII promotion orders for around ninety-seven flight attendants. Their promotion orders were issued by the airline in recent weeks.

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PIA flight attendants promotions undergoing scrutiny, according to airline's spokesperson.

A General Manager of airline's Human Resources Department has been made Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

Another General Manager has been given additional charge of General Manager Human Resources.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:49 pm

Loss-making PIA promotes 1,000 officers

ISLAMABAD:
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) — a debt-ridden entity with over a billion rupees per month loss, out of the blue has promoted 1,000 officers to next grades adding hundreds of millions of rupees additional burden to the national exchequer.

The top management of PIA — mostly on deputation from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) believes the promotions will motivate the already demoralised staff to perform well and get the PIA out of this financial quagmire.

Out of the total 1,000 who have been promoted to next groups, almost 750 crew members have been promoted from group 4 to 5, around 121 crew members were working in group 5 and majority of them have been promoted to group 6. Similarly, 84 out of 280 flight pursers working in group 6 have been promoted to group 7 as senior pursers.

The promotion board meeting of PIA was held in August this year where around 1,000 employees from group one to ten were promoted to the next grades. The flight service or crewmembers start from group 4 to group 7. The senior officials working in PIA have expressed their reservations about the formula of current promotions particularly the employees of group 6 believe the board has violated the policy of merit and seniority while promoting the officers.

Around 750 crewmembers from group 4 have been promoted to group 5. However, 350 out of these 750 have less than 4-year experience in the flight services and they do not meet the criteria for promotion. As per the rules, any officer in the flight services group cannot be promoted to the next group unless he/she has completed 10 years of service as a crewmember in group 4 but they have been promoted in violation of the rules. With this promotion, every crewmember of this group will get at least Rs20,000 pay raise per month. Those 350 crewmembers who got undue promotion will cost additional Rs84 million to the national exchequer annually.

Similarly, 280 officers are working in group 6 as flight pursuer. Out of them, 35 officials do not have graduation degree and they are automatically disqualified for the promotion to next grade. The board has promoted 84 out of remaining 245 officers to group 7.

As per record, 152 crewmembers in group 6 are working in Karachi out of which 64 have been promoted to group 7. In Lahore, 40 crewmembers/pursers are working and only 5 of them have been promoted to group 7. Similarly, 39 crewmembers in group 6 are stationed in Islamabad out of which 9 have been promoted to the next group whereas four out of seven crewmembers in group 6 have been promoted to the next grade from Peshawar.

The sources claim that the management has promoted such a large number of employees from group 4 so that it could get maximum number of officials out of the PIA unions. The employees from group 1 to 4 can become the member of PIA unions because from group 4 onwards ‘officer category’ starts and they cannot be the member of the PIA unions.

According to the sources, serious violation of merit was observed in the whole promotion process. “The board has promoted many officers who were at the bottom of seniority list in group 6. The CEO gave instructions that candidate with clean and good record be selected, but nowhere was there any instruction regarding seniority, which was misunderstood by board members. Only one to two minutes given to candidates and asked SEP questions by honorable board members who were not even themselves aware of the queries being asked”, said the sources.

When contacted, Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) Air Commodore Amer Altaf said it is true there were some discrepancies in the promotion of group 6 to group 7. “The management has stopped the promotion of this group and ordered an inquiry. This group’s officials will be issued their promotion letters once the inquiry is complete. However, there was no discrepancy in the promotion of other groups. They have been promoted purely on merit”.

When asked whether 350 crewmembers of group 4 have the required ten-year service in the flight services, Air Commodore Amer Altaf said, “It is not true. In many cases, the group 4 officials have performed their duties in other departments. For the last three to four years, they have been serving in the flight services department. Overall, they have served 10 years in the PIA and that’s why they have been promoted to group 5”.

He said there will not be huge financial impact on PIA as these promotions were long due because for last two to three years, no promotion board meeting has been held. This promotion will motivate the employees and it will result in improving their performance.

“After the new management took over PIA, the losses have been reduced from Rs3.4 billion to around Rs1.5 billion per month. We are trying our best to reduce the losses further and cut the loss making routes. Lack of discipline was one of the major problems in PIA and we are trying our best to restore the discipline in national flag career. We have traced around 450 ghost employees, who were recruited on daily wages basis. Similarly, the new management has terminated around 350 employees who have fake degrees. Out of those 350 fake degree holders, almost 8 were working as a Captain in PIA”, informed Air Commodore Amer Altaf.

Source: The News
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