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Air India to send employees on leave without pay for up to 5 years

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New Delhi: National carrier Air India has started the process of identification for redundant or surplus employees in the company to be sent on compulsory leave without pay (LWP) for a period from six months up to five years.

Air India has also constituted a committee for identification of surplus manpower resources, which will submit its report to the regional director’s office by 11 August. “Air India has constituted a committee for “identification of redundant/surplus manpower resources”. The Committee to submit its report to the regional director’s office by 11th August for review.” ANI tweeted.

Meanwhile, the national carrier has reduced monthly allowances of its employees who have a monthly gross salary of more than Rs 25,000 by up to 50%, according to an internal order of the company.

The order dated 22 July said basic salary and allowances linked to it like industrial dearness allowance (IDA) and house rent allowance (HRA) will remain unchanged.

The board of the airlines has approved a scheme for sending employees on leave without pay for a time period ranging from six months to two years. It can extend up to five years. It has authorised chairman Rajiv Bansal to send employees on the leave without pay.

However, for “general category officers”, all other allowances – except the aforementioned ones – would be reduced by 50%, said the order.

“General category staff” and “operators” would get all other allowances decreased by 30%, the order mentioned.

Cabin crew members would see all of their other allowances like check allowance, flying allowance and quick return allowance reduced by 20%, the order said.

The Air India order said 11 types of allowances — including flying allowance, special pay, wide-body allowance, domestic layover allowance and executive flying allowance — for pilots would stand reduced by 40%.

“For employees (both permanent and fixed-term contract) with gross salary up to Rs 25,000 there will be no reduction in salary,” it noted.

The aviation sector has been significantly impacted due to the travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

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