Jet Airways pilots seek government help to recover unpaid salaries, with interest
(Adds Jet Airways comment)
By Aftab Ahmed and Aditi Shah
NEW DELHI, March 15 (Reuters) - Cash-strapped Indian carrier
Jet Airways' pilots union has for the first time sought
government help to recover pending salaries and dues from the
airline, saying pleas to management have fallen on deaf ears.
The National Aviators Guild, which represents the majority
of Jet's pilots, has written to India's labour minister to ask
for help in getting the airline to pay outstanding salaries and
allowances immediately, plus interest.
"This situation is leading to extreme tension and
frustration amongst our members, hardly an ideal situation for
pilots in cockpit," captain Karan Chopra, president of the
union, said in the letter seen by Reuters and dated March 6.
Jet has delayed payments to its pilots, suppliers and
lessors for months and defaulted on loans after racking up more
than $1 billion in debt. The airline is in talks with the
country's main state-backed banks for a rescue deal and
Last August the pilots were given a staggered schedule of
payments for salaries but Jet has not kept up with them, the
union said, adding that the airline still owes the pilots most
of their salary for December and all of January and February.
Jet Airways issued a statement on Friday saying it has not
received any such communication and remains committed to meet
its salary obligations towards its employees and clearing all
(Reporting by Aftab Ahmed and Aditi Shah
Editing by Euan Rocha and David Goodman)
First Published: 2019-03-15 14:21:06
Updated 2019-03-15 17:24:30
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