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Salaries delayed at Jet Airways; pilots’ body writes to management

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Amid Jet Airways battling financial problems, company's pilots on Thursday warned the management of non-cooperation over default on payments.

Amid Jet Airways battling financial problems, company's pilots on Thursday warned the management of non-cooperation over default on payments.
According to Jet pilots, salary for August month is usually paid by mid-September.
"Withholding salaries, that too without prior notice, is a serious matter and the management will bear sole responsibility for any repercussions," Jet Airways' pilots said in a communication to the management.
"We would like to advice that failure to address the above points and not paying the salaries on time would lead to non-cooperation by pilots," they warned.
The Naresh Goyal-promoted private airline, in which UAE national carrier Etihad holds 24 percent stake, is facing acute cash crunch after posting two back-to back quarterly losses this year.
While its losses stood at Rs 1,036 crore in the March quarter, the losses jumped to Rs 1,300 crore in the subsequent June quarter of the current fiscal.
"(Earlier) it was agreed that, henceforth, salaries would be paid on time and, if there were to be a delay, the same would be communicated to the pilots well in time," the pilots said.
"We are deeply disappointed over both these conditions being violated by the management and the pilot body would be sure to share our disappointment," they said.
The pilots also demanded that "all unnecessary positions and committees/ groups created in the last three months be dissolved with immediate effect and the hiring of the expensive expats (vis-a-vis domestic pilots) be stopped forthwith."
Meanwhile, Jet Airways spokesperson said the management is in dialogue with the pilots and other members of its team to resolve some issues including disbursement of salaries.
Also, the management has assured the pilots that salaries will be processed by next week as company is in the process of raising fresh funds.
On issues regarding expat pilots and other changes, the management will look into the matter.
(With inputs from PTI)

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