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Covid forced MACL to hold staff bonuses for 2 years

Lamya Abdulla
06 January 2022, MVT 11:18
(FILE) Photo of a MACL employee on May 25, 2020, working at the airport in full PPE: when MACL last paid their employees bonuses in 2019, each employee received MVR 8,000 -- Photo: MACL
Lamya Abdulla
06 January 2022, MVT 11:18

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has not paid bonuses to their employees for two years due to financial difficulties faced during covid-19 lockdowns.

The last time MACL staff received bonuses were in 2019.

The company said they suffered a huge loss after the Maldivian borders were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, they continued to pay their staff their full salaries without reducing it. MACL added that the bonuses remain unpaid due to the financial hardships they had to face over the course of the pandemic.

When MACL last paid bonuses in 2019, each employee received MVR 8,000. Over 3,000 employees work in MACL.

The company has yet to make a decision on whether they will be paying bonuses this year. They usually make this decision in the second quarter of the year.

MACL have been subject to criticism from their employees over the lack of bonuses over the past two years.

Finance Ministry has also formulated a special policy on granting bonuses to state-owned companies. According to the policy, bonus can only be paid to employees after the company pays dividends to the government.

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