Budget provider SpiceJet, which had resorted to hourly-basis pay for pilots amid the pandemic, on Sunday mentioned it has launched a brand new “interim fixed salary system” for captains and first officers.
The airline mentioned not solely will pilot salaries “increase significantly” beneath the brand new pay construction however those that fly greater than the stipulated minimal hours will likely be paid extra time.
However, 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 had been being paid a 3rd or a half of their pre-Covid-19 salaries regardless of the corporate reaching an occupancy charge of over 85 per cent on passenger flights and being among the many largest air cargo carriers through the pandemic.
The Gurgaon-headquartered airline mentioned it had adopted a “block hour payment system” after the COVID-19 outbreak efficient April 1, 2020, whereby pilots had been paid based mostly on the hourly flying charge with out having to ship anybody on ”depart with out pay”.
“While many other airlines and organisations severed employee contracts during the pandemic, there was no retrenchment in SpiceJet,” a SpiceJet spokesperson instructed PTI.
“The migration to the block hour payment model was expected to be short-lived. However, the second wave of COVID-19 has delayed the implementation of our ”normal” salary structure,” the spokesperson mentioned.
An interim “fixed salary system” efficient from September 1, 2021, has now been carried out to supply higher pay-out, mentioned SpiceJet two days after it despatched out an e-mail to all pilots asserting the change.
The aims of the brand new system, it mentioned, are having a pay construction that displays mounted wage parts and different related parts.
It can even allow fee of a hard and fast minimal wage to all obtainable pilots and people who fly greater than the stipulated minimal hours will likely be paid extra time, it added.