Friday, February 08, 2019

70 Jet engineers report ‘sick’ after colleague asked to resign

Mumbai: About 70 of Jet Airways’ aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) reported “sick” at airports across the country on Thursday after the airline sent HR professionals to convince one of them to tender a resignation.
The AME in question was based in Madurai, a station to which Jet will stop operating later this week. The airline will also drop Raipur from its operations. It has also decided to stop flying to four destinations in the northeast: Silchar, Aizawl, Jorhat and Imphal.
The airline management withdrew its decision after the protest by engineers, leading them to join work soon after. This led to some delays in flight movements, but no cancellations, said people in the know.
The call for resignation, one of the persons cited above said, happened despite an agreement in 2017 in which all engineers forfeited a bunch of incentives amounting to Rs 80 lakh a month in return for an assurance “that they wouldn’t be touched”.
“The HR personnel flew to Madurai and told the AME to resign. If he didn’t, he would be given a termination letter which would be a ‘black mark’ on his career. His colleagues immediately sprang to action, and 20 of them in Mumbai airport reported sick in the afternoon schedule. Others in Delhi, Bengaluru airports joined in,” said the person.
“The HR personnel flew to Madurai and told the AME to resign. If he didn’t, he would be given a termination letter which would be a ‘black mark’ on his career. His colleagues immediately sprang to action, and 20 of them in Mumbai airport reported sick in the afternoon schedule. Others in Delhi, Bengaluru airports joined in,” said the person.
08/02/19 Anirban Chowdhury

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