Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri has known as Air India’s go away with out pay (LWP) scheme a “win-win for workers and administration”, and identified that Air India has not laid off a single worker at the same time as worldwide and home carriers have resorted to cost-cutting via layoffs. In a letter to Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam, Puri supplied clarification on Air India’s monetary situation and the LWP scheme.
“Air India can be dealing with a really difficult monetary scenario,” Puri stated including the airline has taken recourse to a number of initiatives with a view to making sure the continuance of its operations.
Air India and its subsidiaries have paid the wage of June 2020 to its workers. He stated that the airline trade worldwide is dealing with an unprecedented monetary disaster as a result of Covid-19.
Puri stated the LWP scheme allows workers to take a break from their workplace tasks for an outlined time period with the approval of the Air India administration whereas retaining their employment with the corporate.
The scheme additionally offers the chance to workers to take up various employment throughout the interval of the go away with the approval of the administration, he stated.
“The LWP is a win-win scenario for each the administration and the workers because it offers flexibility to workers and concurrently reduces the wage invoice of the corporate,” Puri stated.
“The Covid-19 outbreak has very significantly impacted the airline sector and presently the airline operations of the corporate have taken a critical hit,” he stated.
Puri added that worldwide, quite a lot of workers have been paid off because of the disaster and even different home carriers in India have resorted to cost-cutting via layoffs.
“However Air India has not laid off a single worker,” Puri asserted within the letter.
He defined that previously additionally, Air India had come out with LWP coverage and this time the one distinction is that the CMD of the corporate can move an order requiring the workers to go on go away.
A correct process has been launched for sparing use of this provision and it will likely be performed in a good and clear method, Puri stated.
“In view of the essential monetary scenario of the corporate which has been affected badly by the pandemic and a felt want the rationalisation of salaries of pilots, cabin crew, engineers and officers of Air India and its subsidiaries have been carried out,” Puri stated.
(With IANS inputs)