had a wage bill of over Rs 31 billion in FY 18. Pilots make up little more than 10 per cent of airline's 16,000 employee force but account for about half of its salary bill.
“Withholding salaries, that too without prior notice, is a serious matter and the management will bear sole responsibility for any repercussions,” Jet Airways’ pilots said in a communication to the management earlier this week. “We would like to advise that failure to address the above points and not paying the salaries on time would lead to non-cooperation by pilots,” they warned.
“(Earlier) it was agreed that, henceforth, salaries would be paid on time and, if there were to be a delay, the same would be communicated to the pilots well in time,” the pilots said. “We are deeply disappointed over both these conditions being violated by the management and the pilot body would be sure to share our disappointment,” they said. The pilots had written to airline chief executive Vinay Dube late last month expressing their displeasure over the “unnecessary” increase in expenditure in the recent times.
In a fresh letter, the pilots have also demanded that "all unnecessary positions and committees/ groups created in the last three months be dissolved with immediate effect and the hiring of the expensive expats (vis-a-vis domestic pilots) be stopped forthwith.” “We trust you will treat the above with the urgency it deserves and take immediate steps to resolve the situation,” they said in the communication.