Indigo contract workers go on strike citing irregularities

29 Aug 2017 Ferado

Nagpur: Contract workers engaged with Indigo Airlines at Nagpur went on a day long strike alleging several irregularities including lack of proper wages, following which senior representatives of the contractor as well as the airlines rushed to Nagpur. The agitation was called off after the representatives gave a written undertaking that the issues will be resolved soon.
Over 100 workers have been engaged by Indigo Airlines through M/s Taurus Aviation, a private firm. They work as drivers and loaders. The daylong strike however, did not have any impact on the flights’ schedule.
The union representatives told TOI that the contract workers are being paid wages up to Rs8,500 a month which is too less by any standards. “This is nowhere close to minimum wages fixed by state or centre’s labour departments. There was no clarity whether we came under the central or state. Earlier the central authorities said the workers came under state labour department. It was because Mihan India Limited (MIL) which runs the organization is a state government agency. Finally an officer from the central labour department came down during the strike,” said Omesh Thakre, the union representative.
Many of the workers have been engaged since last 10 years, but several issues related to the employment conditions are yet to be addressed. The issue of wages will be settled through negotiations.
The letter signed by representatives of the contractor and Indigo Airlines also has a mention about issues related to bonus, name correction in PF records, as well as issuing of salary slip and appointment letter. The contractor’s representative said the appointment letter will be issued before August 20. The management also stated that the salary slips since April 2017 will also be issued first. After that slips for remaining four years will also be issued within next 20 days. An undertaking to correct the name sin PF records was also given.

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