Salary arrears: Jet Airways likely to hold meeting with pilots tomorrow

hidden August 19, 2014 19:13:25 IST
Salary arrears: Jet Airways likely to hold meeting with pilots tomorrow

The Jet Airways management is likelyto hold talks with its pilots, who have threatened to launchan agitation over non-payment of salary arrears of about Rs100 crore, tomorrow.

"The management will meet the pilots who have beendemanding payment of arrears since a long time and have warnedof agitation in the eventuality of the company not heedingtheir demand," airline sources told PTI.The meeting is scheduled to take place around noon atthe airline's headquarters here, sources said, adding JetAirways chief executive-designate Cramer Ball is expected tobe present.

Jet Airways, in which the Gulf carrier Etihad is astrategic partner with 24 per cent stake, has 1,100 pilots on its rolls. Its pilots had struck work for several weeks in2009 against sacking of two of their colleagues for forming aunion.Of the 1,100 pilots on the rolls, as many as 600 arecommanders and the rest first officers.According to pilots, the company owes around Rs 15lakh to each commander and Rs 7 lakh to each co-pilot inarrears. The arrears are for FY11 and FY12, while the airlinehas already cleared those for FY13, according to pilots.

On August 10, the airline's pilots had warned themanagement of agitation if it failed to come up with a
concrete plan on payment of arrears by August 20.Though the Naresh Goyal-promoted carrier had deniedhaving received any ultimatum from its pilots, it had said ina statement that the management was willing to meet the pilotson August 20 and discuss "all matters".

PTI

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