Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary, on Tuesday launched a Leave Without Pay (LWP) scheme for its employees, similar to the one rolled out by its parent organisation before its privatisation. The scheme will come into effect immediately.
The move comes at a time when Air India employees are resisting the LWP fiercely and have shot off several protest letters to the management. They may also move the court to press their demand.
The LWP policy of Alliance Air will grant of leave without pay or allowances to its employees for a period of six months, extendable up to two years at the discretion of the management.
Leave under the scheme will not be sanctioned to the employees under a bond until the period of the bond is over or until they fulfill their bond obligations.
Also, no employee availing this scheme will be permitted to take up jobs in government or public-sector undertakings. Employees who take up jobs in an airline or allied sectors after availing the scheme will have to seek prior permission from Alliance Air failing which it will lead to termination of services.
During the LWP period, if an employee takes up employment in India or abroad, he will have to inform Alliance Air, in writing, regarding the new employment.
In the leave period, employees will not be eligible for any benefits, allowances or perquisites. They will also lose seniority or higher grades during the period.
As per the details of the scheme, the CEO of the company reserves the right to accept or reject any application under the scheme in the interest of the company.