Friday, July 16, 2021

Air India engineering subsidiary in provident fund trouble, staff protest

Mumbai: Staffers from Air India’s wholly owned engineering subsidiary went on an impromptu 'sit-in agitation’ on Thursday afternoon in protest against their company’s move to set aside 20% of their gross salary towards payment of statutory dues.

The protest by Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) engineers didn’t affect Air India flights, engineers in top and middle management stepped in.

Combined with the allowance cut imposed last year, the total wage cut for an AIESL engineer currently stands at 35-42 % of gross salary, said Air India unions in a joint letter sent to CEO of AIESL on Wednesday.

The unions said that they were astonished to find out that in April 2019, AIESL stopped depositing the PF amount deducted from their salaries into PF Trust.

The matter came to fore on July 13 when AIESL in a letter to staffers said: "Commencing salary payable for June, AIESL board has decided to `set-aside’ 20% of your gross salary to create cash flow for payments of statutory dues…This is not a pay-cut, and the amount set-aside would be returned to you as soon as the statutory dues are paid."

15/07/21 Manju V/Times of India

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