IndiGo initiates disciplinary action after several technicians call in sick

IndiGo has started disciplinary proceedings against the aircraft maintenance technicians who went on mass sick leave during the last five days to protest against low salaries, sources said on Tuesday, July 12.

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 if they were actually sick, sources mentioned.

In an email sent to one such technician who took sick leave on July 10, IndiGo said that such an absence without any prior notice impacts the operations of the airline.

IndiGo initiates disciplinary action after several technicians call in sick

“Therefore…you are directed to meet our company doctors immediately along with necessary medical documents to substantiate your medical condition,” it mentioned.

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 get in touch with the technician, he should urgently take an appointment with the company doctor.

In case he does not make the appointment, the airline will conclude that he is “voluntarily staying away from work and treat it appropriately”.

IndiGo said that such an absence without any prior notice impacts the operations of the airline.

During the last five days, a sizeable number of the airline’s aircraft maintenance technicians went on sick leave to protest against their low salaries, and very few reported for their night shifts at the Delhi and Hyderabad airports.

A mail written by IndiGo’s aircraft maintenance technicians (AME) to the management was accessed by TOI. It said that AMEs undergo a specialized course and are paid around INR 20,000 to INR 30,000 a month. Trainees who are contracted for 12 months are paid INR 8,000 a month.

However, IndiGo on Monday, July 11 said it will “rationalise” the salaries of its aircraft maintenance technicians and remove “anomalies caused by the pandemic”, according to internal communication.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the aviation industry as a whole including IndiGo has been through an unprecedented challenging period over the last 30 months.

The technicians’ commitment towards the airline has remained steadfastly consistent through this rather difficult period. I am apprised of a few of your concerns about salary increases and I understand that during the last two years we have not been able to revise your compensation in accordance with historical levels.

have reviewed this with our Leadership and our HR Group and I am pleased to share that we have agreement on rationalizing the anomalies caused by the pandemic. The letters reflecting this rationalization will be issued to you over the next two weeks and will be with effect from August 1, 2022.”

S C Gupta, Senior Vice President (Engineering), IndiGo

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On July 2, around 55% of IndiGo’s domestic flights were delayed as a significant number of its cabin crew members took sick leave, with sources saying they ostensibly went for an Air India recruitment drive.

IndiGo had slashed the salaries of a large section of its employees when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak.

With more than 50% of the market, IndiGo continues to hold a commanding advantage over other Indian airlines despite the current circumstances.

New airline Akasa Air, revamped Jet Airways and Tata group-owned Air India have started hiring processes and this has created a churn in the aviation industry, with many employees looking for greener pastures.

With more than 50% of the market, IndiGo continues to hold a commanding advantage over other Indian airlines despite the current circumstances. IndiGo has never been the type to become overly complacent with the number one ranking and has constantly developed new tactics to stay on top.

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