Air India to ship sure staff on go away with out pay for as much as 5 years amid coronavirus disaster

New Delhi, July 15

Air India has began the method of figuring out staff based mostly who shall be despatched on obligatory go away with out pay (LWP) for as much as 5 years, in line with an official order.

The airline’s board of administrators have authorised its Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal to ship staff on LWP “for six months or for a period of two years extendable up to five years, depending upon the following factors—suitability, efficiency, competence, quality of performance, health of the employee, instance of non-availability of the employee for duty in the past as a result of ill health or otherwise and redundancy”, the order stated on Tuesday.

The departmental heads within the headquarters in addition to regional administrators are required to evaluate every worker “on the above mentioned factors and identify the cases where option of compulsory LWP can be exercised”, said the order dated July 14.

“Names of such employees need to be forwarded to the General Manager (Personnel) in headquarter for obtaining necessary approval of CMD,” the order added.

In response to queries relating to this matter, Air India spokesperson stated: “We would not like to make any comment on the issue”.

Aviation sector has been considerably impacted because of the journey restrictions imposed in India and different international locations because of the coronavirus pandemic. All airways in India have taken cost-cutting measures resembling pay cuts, LWP and firings of staff so as to preserve money circulation.

For instance, GoAir has put most of its staff on obligatory LWP since April.

India resumed home passenger flights from May 25 after a spot of two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the airways have been allowed to function solely a most of 45 per cent of their pre-COVID home flights. Occupancy charge in Indian home flights has been round 50-60 per cent since May 25.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23.

The passenger demand for air journey will contract by 49 per cent in 2020 for Indian carriers compared to 2019 as a result of COVID-19 disaster, stated international airways physique IATA on Monday. PTI


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