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Salary cut: Jet chief may meet pilots, engineers

November 22, 2008 17:26 IST
With recession eating into its bottom line, private air-carrier Jet Airways is likely to announce a 20 per cent cut in the salaries of its pilots, engineers and some other staff.

"Chairman Naresh Goyal has convened a meeting of airline officials, pilots and engineers here tomorrow, to discuss the issue of salary cuts. An announcement to this effect is also likely," a source close to the development told PTI on Saturday.

The meeting is to be held at a five-star hotel in Mumbai, the source added.

Pilots and engineers to be affected by this move are understood to have expressed their opposition to it and are considering their response, the source said.

The airline employs around 13,200 personnel with around 2,000 of them drawing a salary of more than Rs 100,000 a month. These officials comprise mainly pilots and maintenance engineers.

Despite repeated attempts, Jet Airways officials were not available for comment on the likely meeting.

The air-carrier's move comes in the wake of steep losses and rising operation costs coupled with falling passenger demand.

According to aviation analysts, Jet Airways, which posted losses to the tune of Rs 384 crore (Rs 3.84 billion) in Q2 of the current financial year, is likely to post a net loss of Rs 1,890 crore (Rs 18.9 billion) in 2008-09.

In October, the airline had announced a lay-off of 1,900 employees as part of its drive to prune costs but had to retract, following political pressure.

Jet had, a few weeks back, terminated the services of 35 out of 240 expatriate pilots.

While taking back the 1,900 staff, Goyal had described them as his 'children' and said that though cost-cutting initiatives would be pursued, there would be no lay-offs.

He had also said that he would sit with all of the airline's stakeholders to ensure that the airline was not grounded.

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