Jet Airways staff association flags concerns; seeks clarity on airline problems

Amid Jet Airways battling financial problems and coming under the regulatory scanner, an employees’ union of the airline has sought clarity from the management on the issues that have led to the current situation. Flagging concerns, the Jet Airways Staff and Officers’ Association, which claims to have around 10,000 members, has written to CEO Vinay Dube seeking a meeting with him to have a comprehensive understanding of the factors.

In a letter to the CEO, the association has also complained that the management was wasting financial resources on ‘inefficient’ operations and hiring of foreign pilots.

The letter, written last week, comes against the backdrop of the crisis-hit airline deferring announcement of June quarter results, exploring cost-reduction ways, coming under the regulatory lens for alleged corporate governance lapses and talks of a possible pay cut for employees.

Meanwhile, aviation regulator DGCA is to start safety audit of the airline on Monday, sources said. The board of the full-service carrier is scheduled to consider the June quarter results on Monday where there would also be discussions on cost-reduction ways and turnaround plan.

The association does not represent Jet Airways’ pilots, engineers and cabin crews since these categories of staff have separate unions.
26/08/18 PTI/

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