New Delhi: With Jet Airways giving final touches to a stake-sale deal with Etihad, pilots of the Indian airline met here today over delays in payment of salary arrears but decided not to proceed with any protest before meeting the management next week.
At a four-hour meeting, about 100 pilots of the private carrier decided to meet again in Mumbai on Thursday, after talks with the management scheduled for Tuesday, people familiar with the situation said.
The pilots do not want their salary arrears of 2011, running into over Rs 10 crore, to go on accumulating as at grounded Kingfisher Airlines, but wanted to see what the management’s response would be, the people said.
Jet Airways’ technicians, who have been wearing black bands since last week to protest an alleged move to freeze salary hikes over the next two-three years, called off their protest after the management asked them to come for talks on 7 February.
Earlier this week, the private carrier decided to give a raise of up to Rs 18,000 to around 7,500 ground staff by signing a tripartite agreement with one of its employee unions,
A Jet spokesperson said the airline “has always met and will continue to honour all its obligations to its employees and external stakeholders alike.”