Saturday, July 17, 2021

Air India engineering subsidiary staff protest second wage cut

Mumbai: Staffers from Air India’s wholly owned engineering subsidiary continued their `sit-in agitation’ on Friday, the day two of protest against their company’s move to set aside 20% of their gross salary towards payment of statutory dues.

Air India departure flights have been operating about 15-20 minutes late. The protest by Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) engineers forced engineers in top and middle management to step in to clear aircraft for flights.

Meetings are currently on between Air India unions on the issue.

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."

The unions’ letter, sent in response, pointed out that the airline is yet to return their 25 % wage cut from July 2012 to January 2015.

16/07/21 Manju V/Times of India

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