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GURUGRAM — An open mail to SpiceJet Chairman highlighting the alleged plight of the pilots has sounded the alarm, but the airline has denied the allegations saying it's a deliberate attempt to malign the company.

One of the worst-impacted sectors due to COVID-19 pandemic is aviation as airlines suffered major losses in recent months as a result of stranded flights. Job losses, pay cuts, bankruptcy riddled the airlines and even to this day, the sector hasn't recovered fully. Amidst all this, SpiceJet has been dragged into a serious allegation quest, which alleges distress among pilots.

An anonymous email addressed to SpiceJet MD and Chairman, Ajay Singh, has been shared on social media, alleging various plights of the pilots. Overworked, distressed, nearly bankrupt, SpiceJet pilots are allegedly facing the brunt of lockdown woes, the anonymous email suggests.

The explosive email highlights various difficulties allegedly faced by SpiceJet pilots. The email, with the subject "SpiceJet employee survival", alleges that the pilots are only getting paid 10-30 percent of their original salary and are distressed after taking a second gig to try and make ends meet.

The plots were allegedly paid reduced salaries without allowances in the month of March even when the pandemic hadn't hit the sector. The contract terms with the pilots were allegedly changed, didn't approve privilege leaves, and enforced a one-year notice period - all while underpaying the pilots even as the airlines were doing business during the lockdown.#

Via (IBT) 


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