Salary cut for SriLankan employees for a period of 3 months

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SriLankan Airlines has implemented cost saving measures to ensure survival of national carrier and livelihoods of employees, including the mandatory salary reductions from the staff starting from 2.5% to 25% for a period of three months, the airlines said.

“These measures include mandatory salary reductions from the staff starting from 2.5% to 25% for a period of three months, freezing all the salary increments to be implemented in the year 2020, and other initiatives including temporarily terminating operations from 8th to 21st April, 2020 with the exception of cargo services which have a direct impact in saving costs,” a statement said.

Issuing a statement the airlines said;
The Chairman and Board of Directors of SriLankan Airlines are ever mindful of their duty to protect the country’s economic interests, livelihoods of the employees of the SriLankan Family and are making every effort to ensure the business continuity of the National Carrier.
 Globally, the airline industry faces its gravest crisis in the modern times, due to COVID-19 pandemic, and some airlines are grounding their fleet either partially or completely, discontinuing all non-essential business operations and sending staff on compulsory unpaid leave or imposing salary cuts to minimize costs and maintain their position as viable business entities. This is a situation that the air transport industry has never faced before and is placing unprecedented stress on the financial viability of many airlines and the economies of the countries in general.

For this reason, the management of SriLankan Airlines has already taken measures to preserve the liquidity of the National Carrier by negotiating deferred payment plans and deductions with Airline’s key suppliers. Whilst doing so, the Airline is continuously looking at creating new business opportunities whilst focusing on cost saving measures to improve liquidity.

These measures include mandatory salary reductions from the staff starting from 2.5% to 25% for a period of three months, freezing all the salary increments to be implemented in the year 2020, and other initiatives including temporarily terminating operations from 8th to 21st April, 2020 with the exception of cargo services which have a direct impact in saving costs.

The management of SriLankan Airlines is taking all endeavors to protect and safeguard its staff members and their employment with the total confidence that the Airline will collectively overcome these challenges, with the strength of the Airline’s employees.

The management of the National Carrier will continue to engage with its employees during this challenging period to identify productivity enhancement initiatives that would further strengthen its efforts to ensure the Airlines’ business continuity.

SriLankan Airlines expresses its sincere gratitude to all its staff for the many sacrifices they are making, in order to ensure the continued existence of the National Carrier, and to assist the company to protect their livelihoods for the future. The contribution of every employee and the support of the employee trade unions are highly valued by the Chairman, Board of Directors and the management.

  Comments - 16

  • Frequent Flayer Thursday, 02 April 2020 01:19 PM

    We are with you ! Good Luck !

    Heartattack Thursday, 02 April 2020 01:27 PM

    Headline is misleading pleade change it to srilanka airlines

    Tony Thursday, 02 April 2020 01:41 PM

    Being a loss making airline already , and looking at the peers who have terminated many, I feel a 30 pct pay cut across the airline staff - and 50 pct for flight crews who are essentially not working at all - would be a better option .

    Danza Thursday, 02 April 2020 07:26 PM

    Would you like anything else? Perhaps the runway moved a bit to the left?

    Tilak Saturday, 11 April 2020 03:14 PM

    Correct - if not they will need to dig their graves on the runway.

    Blair Thursday, 02 April 2020 01:49 PM

    IT SHOULD BE MORE FOR TOP MGT AND OPERATING STAFF.

    E. Fernando Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:14 PM

    Valuing contributions is fine but how much of the Chairman, directors and management salaries are being deducted?. Even now the least paid is being pressured.

    RSR Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:26 PM

    Scaling down operations would reduce the losses of this corrupt and inefficient airline. Good news for the country.

    Perera Jonston Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:51 PM

    Needs to be more aggressive and a permanent cut.

    Sarath Devamuni Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:59 PM

    The higher deductions (25%) will be from Senior Management and the lower 2.5% will be from Junior Staff?

    Shiran fernando Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:25 PM

    We can imagin their salaries. It was reported in media last few months. When it is funded by the tax payers money, not for 3 months review their salaries permanently.

    Neville Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:52 PM

    Sri Lankan employees and Sri Lankan Airlines employees are two different categories of employment.

    decentgent Thursday, 02 April 2020 05:06 PM

    These pay cuts should be applied to Sri Lankan Airlines employees an NOT Sri lankan employees. Most of the Sri lankan employees, except a few, draw less than Rs. 1 Lakh p.m. as compared to their counterparts working for the airline. Therefore, the pay cut should only for the latter category of employees and the Senior Management, for whom a 50% pay cut should be imposed.

    Allush Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:48 PM

    my opinion , I think to manage it well , they should cut for 1 year to sustain . It should be done across management till the crews as the airline business will take at least a year to come back to normal

    George Harry Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:56 PM

    I am sure, 2.5% cut for the employees who draw big salary, and 25% will be for the staff who are considered to be drawing lesser salary.

    Expose Saturday, 02 May 2020 11:56 AM

    National Carries will comfortably make losses and continue as long as tax payers monies are pumped in for survival. If the National Carrier to become profit making business, all those billions swindled and looted from Srilankan Air Line should be repaid or recovered by locking all those looters and cheaters irrelevant of their corrupt connections and influences.


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