IndiGo has initiated disciplinary proceedings against aircraft maintenance technicians who went on mass leave during the last five days to protest low wages, sources said on Tuesday. The airline has asked the technicians concerned to report to the airline’s doctor along with necessary medical documents, so that the carrier can verify whether they were indeed ill, the sources mentioned.
In an email to one such technician who took sick leave on July 10, IndiGo said such absence without prior notice affects the operations of the airline. It mentioned, “Therefore… you are directed to immediately visit the doctors of our company along with necessary medical documents to substantiate your medical condition.”
The airline did not respond to PTI’s request for a statement on the matter. The email said that since the airline has not been able to contact the technician, it should immediately contact the company’s doctor.
If he does not make an appointment, the airline will conclude that he is “voluntarily staying away from work and behaving fairly”. During the past five days, a large number of airline’s aircraft maintenance technicians went on sick leave to protest their low pay.
However, IndiGo on Monday said it would “rationalise” the salaries of its aircraft maintenance technicians and remove “discrepancies caused by the pandemic”, according to internal communication. On July 2, about 55 per cent of IndiGo’s domestic flights were delayed as a significant number of its cabin crew members had taken sick leave, sources say, for air travel. India recruitment drive.
When the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak, IndiGo had cut salaries of a large section of its employees. New airline Akasa Air, revamped Jet Airways and Tata Group-owned Air India have started the recruitment process and it has created a churn in the aviation industry, with many employees looking for greener pastures.