Friday, July 15, 2022

Go First in discussion with employees on ‘mass sick leave,’ salary issues

Low-cost carrier GoFirst aircraft technicians reportedly are on "mass sick leave," but the airline clarified the accusations, stating that it is always in communication with its staff, clarifying the current situation and addressing any concerns that may arise. The Go First spokesperson said that he would like to make it clear that the employees' welfare has always come first.

"We would like to clarify that there has been no general protest/agitation from the technicians as construed. There are a few technicians who were absent for 2-3 days. We are in constant discussions with our employees and explaining the present situation and addressing all concerns, if any," he said.

Additionally, it is also clarified that unlike as perceived or as in some other cases, the airline has reinstated employees from "Leave without Pay" to normal working conditions and restored salaries to pre-covid level since August/September 2021.

"Our commitment to the safety and growth of our employees has resulted in smooth and uninterrupted operations across the business," the spokesperson said. In spite of the COVID impact and financial challenges the company has recognised the contributions of the employees and also identified several outstanding contributions by promotions.

"During the course of discussions, we understood that our employees were misguided and after counselling, they are happy to note/take cognizance the efforts of the company amidst the turbulent volatile scenario and few people who had absented themselves from duties have assured us to resume from today or tomorrow," he said. The airline said at present it has adequate technicians to manage the present operations and like any growing airline is also constantly reviewing, recognising the present team and recruiting new talents.

"For Go First maintaining the reliability of the aircraft and maintaining the safety of our passengers is our top priority," said the spokesperson.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday said that they are keeping a close watch on the situation that emerged after maintenance technicians of airlines went on mass sick leave. A senior DGCA official informed that they are keeping an eye on the situation.

15/07/22 Zee News

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