Funds provider SpiceJet, which had resorted to hourly-basis pay for pilots amid the pandemic, on Sunday stated it has launched a brand new “interim fastened wage system” for captains and first officers.
The airline stated not solely will pilot salaries “enhance considerably” beneath the brand new pay construction however those that fly greater than the stipulated minimal hours will likely be paid time beyond regulation.
Nevertheless, some pilots contested the reassurance given by SpiceJet and claimed “stress” as a result of continued discount of their salaries carried out in April final yr.
The pilots claimed that they have been being paid a 3rd or a half of their pre-Covid-19 salaries regardless of the corporate attaining an occupancy charge of over 85 per cent on passenger flights and being among the many largest air cargo carriers in the course of the pandemic.
The Gurgaon-headquartered airline stated it had adopted a “block hour fee system” after the COVID-19 outbreak efficient April 1, 2020, whereby pilots have been paid primarily based on the hourly flying charge with out having to ship anybody on ”depart with out pay”.
“Whereas many different airways and organisations severed worker contracts in the course of the pandemic, there was no retrenchment in SpiceJet,” a SpiceJet spokesperson instructed PTI.
“The migration to the block hour fee mannequin was anticipated to be short-lived. Nevertheless, the second wave of COVID-19 has delayed the implementation of our ”regular” wage construction,” the spokesperson stated.
An interim “fastened wage system” efficient from September 1, 2021, has now been carried out to offer higher pay-out, stated SpiceJet two days after it despatched out an e-mail to all pilots saying the change.
The goals of the brand new system, it stated, are having a pay construction that displays fastened wage parts and different related parts.
It would additionally allow fee of a hard and fast minimal wage to all accessible pilots and people who fly greater than the stipulated minimal hours will likely be paid time beyond regulation, it added.