Monday, May 03, 2021

SpiceJet Employees Oppose Proposed Salary Cut

SpiceJet employees have started an online petition against the airline’s management over proposed pay cuts. The news comes a day after the carrier announced that it would be deferring up to 50% of employee salaries for April. SpiceJet has found itself in a tough economic spot as domestic demand crashes due to the second wave.

According to Business Standard, SpiceJet employees have started an online petition against management over the recent pay cuts. The petition includes details about the massive salary deferrals and highlights the extreme danger employees are putting themselves in while flying during this second wave.

The salary deferrals range from 10-50%, depending on the pay scale currently applied to employees. The only staff exempt from the cuts are juniormost employees in the lowest pay grade. Many employees report that they have the highest cut of 50% being applied to their April salaries.

SpiceJet has been quick to emphasize that the recent decision is a “deferral” and not a “pay cut.” This means that all staff will receive their full salaries as back pay in the future once the situation improves. However, it’s unclear when the airline will be financially capable of paying back previous salaries considering the current environment.

As reported by Simple Flying yesterday, daily domestic passengers have fallen by over 50% from the start of April to the end of the month. Numbers had already begun falling from over 300,000 daily flyers at the peak in early March as cases began ticking up across India. However, since the middle of April, cases in India have exploded, severely impacting airlines.

03/05/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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