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Bombay High Court directs SpiceJet not to employ new contract workers (for now)

The dispute arose after the India SpiceJet Staff & Employees Association served a strike notice in June 2021.

The notice was taken before the conciliation officer, before whom it was clarified that their services would automatically come to an end on account of the terms of their appointment letters and not because of termination.

The Union approached the High Court in the meantime and the High Court directed them to approach the Central Government Industrial Tribunal for resolving the issue.

On an interim application by the Union, the tribunal directed SpiceJet to continue the services of the 493 employees who have been attending to work, which includes the employees of ground-handling services and as named in the list of employees.

The order was challenged by SpiceJet before the High Court.

After hearing both sides briefly for some time, the Court listed the petition for hearing on February 8, 2022.

Justice Ghuge deemed it appropriate for SpiceJet to tender a list of their workmen, who have been termed fixed-term contractual employees, who can be offered work.

Source: Barandbench

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