Heeding to workers' demands, state-run Air India on Tuesday decided to pay the wages and salaries of its employees on the July 14 and to the contractual staff on July 10.
The employees covered under the Payment of Wages Act and drawing wages up to Rs 10,000 per month "will get their June wages on July 10," a company spokesperson said. The staffers of the AI's parent firm National Aviation Company of India Limited and its subsidiaries, who are not covered by the Act, will get their June salaries by July 14, a day ahead of the day earlier announced by the management, the spokesperson said.
The decision came almost a week after the employees went on a two-hour agitation to protest the delay in payment of their salaries by a fortnight. The management has also asked the airline's top brass not to take their July salary.
The unions have held several rounds of discussions with the management and suggested several cost-cutting measures including introduction of voluntary retirement schemes, transfer to low cost subsidiary Air India Express with lower salaries and leave without pay for two years.