Coronavirus Effect: GoAir, SpiceJet send employees on leave without pay

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New Delhi : With Lockdown 2.0 in place the low-cost airlines – GoAir and SpiceJet – have announced leaves without pay for their employees.

While GoAir informed its employees of their decision on Saturday, SpiceJet employees are expected to receive an official communication soon.

Exempting its lowest paid workers, the GoAir had earlier announced a pay cut for the rest of the employees of the company.

On March 17, the airline initiated a short term and temporary rotational leave without pay (LWP) program in which around 35% of its employees (from each department) were asked to go on LWP.

The workers who were under the cargo operations have been given their salaries according to the number of days they worked.

“The lockdown has been further extended till May 3, and with this extension, our fleet continues to be completely grounded. Hence, we are constrained to request you to proceed on leave without pay’ till May 3. We may, however, have to extend the period of LWP for a further term, if so required,” stated the GoAir email on Saturday.

A GoAir spokesperson also confirmed that the Leave Without Pay is not implemented on all employees. SpiceJet too has exempted its staff with less than Rs 50,000, from the rotational LWP policy and might come up with other alternatives for them.

“No company-wide decision has been taken on the issue of salary cuts or leave without pay at SpiceJet for the month of April 2020. A limited staff from the engineering team has been put on leave without pay for a month each on a rotational basis,” said SpiceJet spokesperson.