New Delhi: Protesting against the non-payment of their salaries since January this year, Jet pilots on Monday asked State-run lender SBI to explain the delay in disbursing the ‘promised’ Rs 15,000 crore funds to Jet Airways.
Employees of the cash-strapped airline had earlier appealed the SBI to release Rs 15,000 crore and save the carrier from its dwindling fortunes. Reportedly, the pilots’ union also reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help to save their 20,000 jobs.
The pilots’ union of Jet Airways on Sunday deferred the decision of “no pay no work” from Monday, citing the meeting of the SBI-led lenders’ consortium with the airline’s management on the same day.
Speaking to news agency ANI, a Jet pilots said, “Government had promised us through SBI that they will intervene, that they are serious about saving 20,000 jobs, and that Rs 1500 crore will be given, but we haven’t seen the money yet.”
On the other hand, they also took out a silent protest march demanding the payment of their dues outside the IGI airport’s Terminal 3 on Saturday. The Jet employees organised the “Save Jet Airways Human Chain” and took out a peaceful, silent march outside Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.
The March salaries of all the employees have been deferred, while the pilots, along with the engineers, have not been paid since January 1.
The airline is going through a severe turmoil with its international operations suspended. At present, Jet is operating only seven aircraft for domestic operations due to the grounding of over 80 per cent of its fleet by lessors.