SriLankan Airlines has sacked more than 400 contract workers who had been on unpaid leave since March last year under the guise of the Covid pandemic. The sacked workers include pilots, flight attendants and flight coordinators, as well as ground handling staff SriLankan sources said.
Sources say that the sacked employees are those who joined SriLankan Airlines before the 2019 presidential election. The management of SriLankan has also suspended the ETFs and EPFs of those who went on unpaid leave for 12 months.
Meanwhile SriLankan Airlines has hired new employees from SriLankan Aviation College, the training arm of SriLankan at B I A, Katunayake, to replace the sacked employees.
Dismissed employees were referred to SriLankan Aviation Collage at the time of their recruitment to SriLankan, where the full course fee from Rs. 250,000 to Rs. Accordingly, action has been taken to deduct that amount from their salaries and many of the employees have paid hundreds of thousands of rupees and completed the course fee in full.
Employees who took the course allege that the course was not standardized and did not clearly state the number of hours scheduled for the course. Also, SriLankan Airlines had not completed some of the courses that the employees were studying until yesterday (March 31) when they were fired. Because he was fired.