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‘No pay, no work’ decision deferred for now: Jet Airways’ pilots guild

Jet Airways’ pilot’s guild late Sunday evening said it has deferred a ‘no pay, no work’ decision for the time being.

“It comes to our notice that there is a critical meeting planned tomorrow (Monday) morning with the airline management and SBI. In light of the meeting, the members have requested, through their Team Leaders, that the call of No Pay No Work be deferred to give the airline a chance of survival. Accordingly, as requested, the Committee would like to inform all that the decision stands deferred for the time being,” the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG).said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, around 1,100 pilots of debt-laden Jet Airways said they would stop flying from 10 am on Monday over non-payment of salaries.

The pilots associated with the NAG have decided to meet the airline management demanding they be paid the salaries pending from mid-December. On April 12, Jet had canceled all its international flights till April 15.

A senior pilot associated with NAG said, “We have not been paid salaries for three-and-a-half months. We had given management time till April 1 to clear our dues, but we extended the deadline to April 15 since the management was in conversation with lenders. However, we realized that there has been no progress and the deadline to bid for the airline has already been extended twice.”

Another NAG member said, “We do not think the management is going to pay our salaries anytime soon. If the airline has no money and there is no salary being credited, then there is no point in flying. Hence we have decided to stop operating flights for the airline until we get an assurance that our salaries will be paid.”

Jet Airways is currently operating seven aircraft (one Boeing 737 and six ATRs) across the country that requires a maximum of 150 pilots. The total pilot strength stands at 1,450.

Troubles in the 25-year-old airline had prompted the Prime Minister’s Office to step in. An urgent meeting was called after civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu asked the secretary of the department Pradeep Singh Kharola to review the situation at Jet Airways.

After the meeting at the PMO, Kharola held a meeting through video conference with the management.

The debt-ridden airlines stopped paying salaries to its pilots from December and to its ground staff from March. Around 500 ground staffers carried out a protest march from Mumbai airport’s terminal 2 to the airline’s office in Andheri east on Friday. Their protest followed a meeting with the management that failed to prove fruitful.

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