1,100 Jet Airways Pilots Decide Not To Fly From April 15: National Aviator’s Guild
Update: The body has deferred the decision as they wanted to give the debt-ridden airline “a chance of survival”.
Around 1,100 pilots belonging to crisis-hit Jet Airways’ pilots body National Aviator’s Guild (NAG) have decided not to fly from 10 a.m. on Monday in protest against “non-payment of salary dues”, reports said.
The pilots, along with engineers and senior management, have not received salaries since January. The debt-ridden carrier has also not paid March salaries to employees of other categories as well.
“As on today, we have not been paid for nearly three-and-a-half months and we don’t know when we will be paid. So we have decided to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15. All 1,100 pilots of NAG will stop flying from 10 a.m. Monday,” a Guild source told PTI.
The NAG, which claims representation of around 1,100 pilots of the total 1,600 with the full service carrier, had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries.
However, on March 31 it deferred the agitation to April 15, saying it wanted to give more time to the new management.
Jet Airways is at present under the management control of SBI-led consortium of lenders after the approval of a debt-rejig plan last month, which also led its founder chairman Naresh Goyal to quit.
According to a separate report, low-cost carrier and top rival SpiceJet appears to be making the most of the crisis at Jet Airways. Their employees are being asked to take salary cuts of 25-30 per cent, while engineers have been advised to settle at 50 per cent of their current pay package.
Not long ago, many airlines including SpiceJet were luring the same pilots and engineers with joining bonuses and better perks.
The prospect of closure is certainly one of the reasons for professionals agreeing to take salary cuts. But average salaries at Jet Airways have also been higher than the industry level.
A senior aircraft maintenance engineer who has applied to SpiceJet and Air India Express for a job said that he has got an offer in the range of Rs 150,000 to 200,000 a month while his current cost to company (CTC) at Jet Airways is nearly Rs 400,000 a month.
(With agency inputs)