Saturday, April 25, 2020

Air India employees urge govt to cancel airlines' decision to cut pay

Employee unions of national passenger carrier Air India have urged the Centre to countermand the airline's decision to institute a unilateral pay cut for three months.
The unions said on Friday that the move is against the already issued central directives for all PSUs during the Covid-19 outbreak, news agency IANS reported.
In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the unions said, "We are writing to you at the backdrop of a unilateral pay cut imposed on employees of Air India Ltd for three months against the Government's instructions. While all the PSUs are following the directions of the Government, it is agonizing to note Air India has imposed pay cut in wake of Covid-19 crisis."

"It is explicitly reflected as Covid-19 pay cut in March 2020 salary slip," the unions added.
The unions pointed out that the central government has invoked the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 with directions to implement lockdown measures for the containment of spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Under the said act, all employers are mandated to make payment of wages of their workers, at their workplace, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period their establishments are under closure during the lockdown.

"In spite of instructions from the Government of India, concerning the welfare of the employees and directions to make payment of wages on the due date, the management of Air India defaulted on timely payment of salary which was paid on 18th April 2020 with a 10 per cent pay cut," the letter said.
25/04/20 Business Standard
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