Ask Air India to reverse 10% pay cut decision: minister to employees

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New Delhi: Eight employee unions of Air India on Friday requested Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh, Puri, to ask the airliner to withdraw the decision to cut 10 percent of its employees’ salaries.
The demand was raised by Air India employees praising IndiGo’s decision to roll out the pay cut, which was announced for other staff members last month.

“We request you to oppose the decision of the Air India Committee on a COVID-19 pay cut, which is against the directives of the government and also deal with other public undertakings (public sector units) during the lockout, “A Joint Letter by Eight Employee Unions. Mr. Puri said.

Air India has decided to cut the salary of all employees by 10 percent for three months.

On March 23, the Center asked public and private sector companies not to cut salaries or lay off employees amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

The letter from the unions states that this salary paid by Air India is merely optics, unnecessary and will hit the morale of the employees, which will have a huge impact on the Indian economy.

“Despite instructions from the Government of India regarding the welfare of employees and instructions for payment of wages on the due date, the management of Air India defaulted in timely payment of salaries, which were paid on April 18, 2020, with 10 Was. Percent reduction, “it said.

The letter said that the flight crew was yet to receive 70 percent of the salary for the work done in the month of February.

Since India is closed since March 25 to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, all commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this period. As a result, the revenues of aviation sector companies have fallen drastically.

“We applaud the decision by the top management of a private airline that the government did not implement the previously announced pay cuts in relation to the desire not to reduce pay during the lockdown,” the letter said.

While a private airline is honoring the government’s directives, it is “a very good outcome for Air India to follow suit and lead by example”, the letter by Air India unions said.

There are eight unions written to Puri: Commercial Pilots Association of India, Pilot Guild of India, Air Corporation Employees Association, All India Cabin Crew Association, All India Aircraft Engineers Association, Air India Employees Association, All India Aircraft Engineers Association. Association and Indian Aircraft Technician Association.