Thursday, July 14, 2022

IndiGo & GoFirst mass leave: Some sacked, airlines say resolving issue

New Delhi : The mass leave over the past few days by aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) of IndiGo and GoFirst at some stations over alleged poor pay continue unabated. IndiGo on Wednesday reportedly issued termination letters to some technicians.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought clarification from both the airlines on this issue. “We are closely monitoring the situation. As of now, operations are normal. Hopefully it will be resolved shortly,” said a senior DGCA official. A mail written by IndiGo technicians to the airline management explains the reason for the agitation at both the airlines.

AMTs are “highly qualified technical staff, who have undergone a specialised AME course…, allowing them to work on aircraft maintenance… Most AMTs are paid between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000… Trainee AMTs are contracted for 12 months for Rs 8,000 (per month) as cheap la- bour…”, the mail said. In a statement, IndiGo said: “As a responsible employer, IndiGo is in constant dialogue with its employees to take care of any issues or grievances. We are in the process of addressing some of the issues related to employee remuneration. ” While a GoFirst spokesperson said there “has been no general agitation from technicians”, he admitted “a few technicians were absent for twothree days. We are in discussions with our employees and addressing all concerns”.

14/07/22 Times of India

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