New Delhi: The pilots’ union of Jet Airways on Sunday postponed their decision to go on mass leave till April 15, after the struggling private carrier assured them that it will pay their remaining December salaries very soon. Notably, over 1,000 pilots of the private carrier had decided to go ahead with their “no flying” call from April 1 to protest non-payment of salaries.
In a communication issued after its open-house meeting, held both in Mumbai and Delhi, on Sunday, the National Aviators Guild (NAG) told its members,”The pilots have decided that time should be given to the new interim management till April 14 to clear salary dues in conjunction with interim funding, and charter a clear road map for the future of the company. The collective call of the pilots is hence deferred to April 15, 2019.”
The NAG, with over 1,000 members, had last month called for non-cooperation and announced they would refrain from operating flights if, by March 31, their dues were not cleared and the clarity on the company’s resolution plan was not given.
Earlier on Saturday, in an email to employees, Jet’s Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube said, “You also have our commitment that the Board of Directors and the management team are working as fast as possible to implement the resolution plan agreed with the consortium of Indian lenders to quickly restore the much-needed stability to our operations and build a sustainable future for the airline.”
“These are complex processes and it has taken longer than we had expected and as such we are only able to remit your remaining salary for December 2018. We realise that this remittance does not lift the financial hardship that each of you are facing and we do not take your sacrifices for granted. We continue to work on additional funding on an urgent basis and shall advise you about the release of the remaining salary arrears as the funds come in.”