The COVID-19 crisis has led SpiceJet to take a tough decision of a company-wide pay cut for its employees for the month of March, 2020. SpiceJet has implemented a 10-30 percent pay cut for all its employees across top and mid rung levels. However, the airline has assured that its employees in the lowest pay grades will remain unaffected by the decision.
The airline’s Chairman and Managing Director, Ajay Singh, has decided to take the highest cut of 30 percent in salary.
Another report suggests that some staff at SpiceJet, who are entitled to a flying or performance allowance, would be getting their salaries in two parts. "The first part of the salaries was credited today and the second part will be credited on April 2, 2020."
The low-cost carrier added it was going to treat its employees as on "leave without pay" from March 25 to March 31 as the country is under a lockdown to combat the deadly COVID-19
SpiceJet is not the only airline to announce paycuts, other airlines have also taken similar decisions. What's interesting to note here is that most of the airlines and companies in other sector also have decided to have pay cuts only for senior and mid level. GoAir, for instance announced announced suspension of international operations and offering of leave without pay programme for its staff on a rotational basis. Many CEOs of companies from different sectors have decided to not take salaries for one to three months so that the employees at the lower levels can maintain their financial well-being in times of crisis.
Like a silver lining in a dark cloud, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how empathy is still alive in the world of work and how the entire community is coming together to support each other.