Saturday, July 17, 2021

Salary row at Air India engineering unit

Kolkata: Trouble is brewing at the aircraft engineering unit of Air India following the management’s decision to slash 20% of the gross salaries in addition to the 40% cut in allowance last year. Neither AI nor any of its subsidiaries other than Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) has been asked to go in for the second pay cut.

In the AI engineering unit at Kolkata airport, a section of contractual staff protested on Friday. More are set to join following widespread discontent over being singled out for the pay cut, apparently to make statutory payments like PF, gratuity and TDS through this section of staff not entitled to any benefit. Following the agitation, sources said the management was contemplating restoring the salaries for employees with pay of up to Rs 50,000 a month.

The engineering base in Kolkata carries out major aircraft overhaul for Airbus A-319 aircraft including a 12-year check. The auxiliary power unit that is also located in the city is currently non-functional due to the lack of spares.

17/07/21 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

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