A day after low-cost carrier SpiceJet deducted up to 50% salary for April for all its employees, citing the second wave of Covid-19 as reason, its air crew on Sunday started an online petition against the management. The online petition stated that despite risking their lives and doing their duties, the employees are underpaid and that some who worked full-time have received very small amounts as their salary.
The airline has, however, stated that part of the salary was deferred and will be paid to the employees later. Airline sources said ground staff, cabin crew, commercial staff and pilots were paid only 10% to 50% of their April salary.
The petition read, “We all who file this petition want to make a change in how an airline company in India sees their employees…as per the latest Covid-19 survey from Indian Central government, people aged less than 35 years (75% of Covid cases) are most like to get infected with this deadly virus. No matter what survey says or news channel telecasts, we (cabin crew) risked our life to go on-board.
We quarantined ourselves, we followed guidelines, we took care of customers on-board…why wouldn’t we speak for ourselves now?… All employees of SpicJet received their salary with massive 50% deduction. Some employees who worked full-time received only ₹12,000…”