Saturday, June 05, 2021

‘Collect Dues From Airlines, Private Operators’: AAI Staff Oppose Austerity Measures

New Delhi: Multiple unions and staff associations, representing different sections of employees of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), have opposed the austerity measures proposed by the management in the wake of pandemic-triggered challenges, Newsclick has learnt.

The management of AAI, a statutory body that is responsible for creating and maintaining civil aviation infrastructure in the country, in a meeting held on Thursday discussed with the employees’ bodies the likely steps that the former is considering to take in the coming days to overcome the financial losses.

The proposed measures include a deferral in payment of salary and perks, amounting to about 35% of the basic pay, to next year; suspension of overtime payment and review of encashment of leave policy, among others.

The decision is reportedly inspired after the AAI, that currently manages over 100 airports across the country with about 17,000 employees on its roll, incurred losses – first time since its inception – due to impact caused by COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a steep fall in traffic at various airports, the statutory body registered a 65%  decline in its revenue in the financial year 2021.

The proposal, however, hasn’t gone down well with the employees’ union and eight other staff associations. On Thursday itself, in a letter addressed to AAI chairman, the Airport Authority Employees’ Union (AAEU) apprised the management of its reservations.

04/06/21 News Click

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