June 17, 2011 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines has signed a long-term collective agreement with its aircraft engineers’ union, giving a pay rise that it said would help maintain worker harmony at a time maintenance business was growing. An airline statement said its engineering business was a key growth sector for the group and also help position the island’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) as a regional hub for aircraft maintenance.
SriLankan Engineering is expected to become a thrust industry for the airline and turn BIA into a centre that serves the aircraft engineering requirements of airlines throughout the region,” chief executive Manoj Gunawardena said.
“While you can build hangars and purchase equipment and tooling, the real assets are the people that walk in and walk out of the hangar every day.
“This agreement with our aircraft engineers as well as other agreements including that with aircraft technicians aims to retain the specialized professionals who are critical to our business.
The three-year agreement was signed with the Association of Licensed Aircraft Engineers (ALAE).
Anura Wickramaarachchi, president of the ALAE, said that through the wage deal, SriLankan Airlines has recogn