Jet Airway’s Pilot seek government interference on their pending salary issue

Mar 16 2019 10:55 AM
Jet Airway’s Pilot seek government interference on their pending salary issue

New Delhi: Seeking its help in recovering their pending salaries along with the accumulated interest, cash-strapped Jet Airways pilots' union has written to the government. Jet Airways currently has 1,900 pilots on its rolls. In a letter written to Minister of Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar, the National Aviators Guild (NAG), which represents the majority of Jet's pilots, said that all pleas to the Jet management in this regard "have fallen on deaf ears".

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NAG General Secretary Tej Sood, writes, in the letter, a copy of which was accessed as, "This situation is leading to extreme tension and frustration amongst our members, hardly an ideal situation for pilots in the cockpit. Monthly EMIs have to be met, school & college fees paid, along with medical bills of ageing parents etc."

It is to be noted that the letter urges the Minister to ensure "that Jet Airways pay to the member pilots the arrears of salary (inclusive of all allowances) due to date and pay interest thereon at commercial rate from the date due till realisation and hereinafter pay the full salary (inclusive of all allowances) on the first day of the every month and for any salaries paid after the said due date, pay interest thereon at commercial rate from the date due till realisation".

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A copy of the letter was also sent to B.S. Bhullar, Chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The airline has defaulted on loans and has delayed payments to its pilots, suppliers and lessors for months. It is in talks with public sector banks for a rescue deal and emergency funds.

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