IndiGo has taken disciplinary action against aircraft maintenance technicians who collectively took five days of sick leave to protest their reduced pay. According to PTI, the airline has requested that the technician concerned visit the company doctor along with the necessary documents so that the carrier can confirm whether they were indeed ill or not. In an email from IndiGo to one of these technicians who took sick leave on July 10, it was said that 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 an 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 took sick leave, sources say, as they went for an Air 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 begun the recruitment process, and it has created a churn in the aviation industry, with many employees looking for greener pastures.