KFA employees divided over salary offer
Mumbai/New Delhi: The Kingfisher Airlines management’s offer of payment of three months’ salary has been accepted by a certain section of its striking employees while others have rejected it completely.
While majority of pilots from Mumbai have accepted their employer’s terms, pilots and engineers from Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai have rejected Kingfisher’s three-month salary offer.
The management, in a bid to revive operations of the suspended Kingfisher Airlines, had made the offer on Monday.
Under the deal offered by the management, the salary dues of one month would be paid in 24 hours, another month's instalment in seven days and the third instalment before Diwali on November 13, airline sources said, adding that efforts would be made to clear the fourth instalment by December.
The standoff showed no signs of easing with a section of its Delhi-based employees outrightly rejecting the management's offer demanding four months' salaries in a couple of days. Another section said it will revert back by Thursday.
"We reject the offer as we don't believe in CEO Sanjay Aggarwal and Executive Vice President Hitesh Patel. We want a meeting with Vijay Mallya. Where is he?”
The management has made a similar commitment in the past too", said Subhash Chandra Mishra of the Engineering department in Delhi. He also questioned the silence of Mallya.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh stated here on Tuesday that the government cannot intervene and clear the airline’s dues.
Singh also maintained that paying salaries is not the only way out for Kingfisher to fly again.
"I think the Kingfisher problem is much bigger, even if they pay the salaries today, are they going to take off and fly? I don`t think so. They have to give a very viable, financially sound plan, that they can maintain the schedule that they can pay the taxes that they can pay the oil companies for the ATF they use, they can pay the airport authorities, how about the banks?", said Aviation Minister.
The operations of Kingfisher remained disrupted since September 30, first due to a strike by its engineers and pilots, then by the lockout declared by the management which was followed by suspension of its flying permit.