Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jet Airways pilots resort to 'work to roster' protest over pending dues

A section of Jet AirwaysBSE -0.93 % pilots is operating flights on 'work to roster" basis in protest against the management's alleged failure to clear their salary hike dues, a move which is likely to hit airline's operations, a source said.
The Naresh Goyal-owned full service carrier, in which gulf airline Etihad holds 24 per cent stake, had signed a three-year wage agreement with its around 1,400 pilots, including commanders. The agreement is effective from April 1, 2016, the source said.
"As per the agreement, the average hike for a commander stands in the range of Rs 13-14 lakh per annum for the first year (April 2016-March 2017). However, these arrears have not yet been paid," the source told here.
Jet Airways currently has about 1,400 pilots, including 650 commanders.
The total arrears dues of the pilots, including first officers, are in the range of around Rs 11 crore for one year, the source added.
"So we have decided to resort 'work to roster' from the last week and not accept the management's request to perform additional flights beyond the roster in protest," the source said.
Queries sent to Jet Airways spokesperson remained unanswered.
"As of now, the operations have not been impacted due to the move but going forward it is definitely going to hit the flight schedule to an extent," the source added.
25/10/17 PTI/Economic Times