Sunday, April 19, 2020

GoAir won't pay nearly all staff for duration of lockdown, says employees support move

Private-sector carrier GoAir has put about 85-90% of its employees on leave without pay for the entire period of the national lockdown between March 25 and May 3, company officials told CNBC-TV18.

A company spokesperson confirmed that it had sent staff on leave and said the decision was taken after receiving “positive feedback” from employees who were “ready to tide through the crisis together and are willing to work without pay during the period”.

In a letter to staff, the company wrote that "with the extension of the national lockdown, your fleet continues to be completely grounded. Hence we are constrained to request you to proceed on leave without pay."

"Your leave without pay comes into effect from March 25, 2020 till May 3, 2020. We may, however, have to extend the period of leave without pay for a further term, if so required," the letter added.

It added that the carrier was hopeful that the skies will reopen from May 4, 2020 and it will be able resume operations in a phased manner.

“Meanwhile, we are working towards building our ability to scale up our operations in the new environment and market conditions that would emerge," the letter added.

The company further stated employee benefits such as insurance will continue to be valid for the duration of leave without pay.

GoAir, which commands 10% share in domestic aviation space, was the first to suspend international flights from mid-March and on March 17, had also announced a "short-term rotational" leave without pay programme, a decision it said it had “not taken lightly”.

Airlines in India are facing an unprecedented crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak, which prompted the central government to implement a 40-day national lockdown. The lockdown caused over 650 aircraft to be grounded in India.
19/04/20 CNBC TV18
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