Garuda Indonesia Early Retirement Offer; Pilots Federation Responds

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  • President of the Indonesian Pilots Federation Capt. Ali Nahdi when met at the Garuda Indonesia office, Gunung Sahari, Central Jakarta, Monday, May 24, 2021. TEMPO / Francisca

    President of the Indonesian Pilots Federation Capt. Ali Nahdi when met at the Garuda Indonesia office, Gunung Sahari, Central Jakarta, Monday, May 24, 2021. TEMPO / Francisca

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaIn response to news about Garuda Indonesia offering early retirements for its pilots and employees, the Indonesian pilots federation has called for the flag-carrier to consider other possibilities of a solution that benefits both parties. 

    “The federation bridges and provides solutions that are mutually beneficial, not forced upon, and isn’t harmful for others,” said the federation’s president Ali Nahdi on Monday, May 24. “We expect the best solution so that Garuda can continue to soar.”

    He asserts that the federation he leads will accommodate the pilots who might be facing difficulties due to the enactment of this policy. The federation has also officially advised Garuda management and the Transportation Ministry to adopt other options available such as unpaid leaves rather than enacting the early retirement. 

    The pilots federation also noted that there are 2,000 fresh graduate pilots who are unemployed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and calls for the Transportation Ministry to think about their future too.

    Garuda Indonesia management previously announced that it would take on the option of offering early retirements for employees, which is a decision directly linked to the uncertainty posed by the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Garuda Indonesia had reportedly sustained losses up to Rp70 trillion due to the pandemic. 

    The policy of early retirements in the flag-carrier prior to the pandemic only subjected a group of employees based on certain age groups, but is currently offered for all of its employees. 

    Read: Garuda Indonesia on Early Retirement Offer: A Heavy Step

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA