Pilots of cash-srrapped Indian Airline Jet Airways have threatened to initiate legal action against the management. They have warned the authorities concerned against consequences if salaries pending for the last three months are not paid by 14 April.
Jet Airways pilots union on Wednesday served a legal notice to the management over the delay in salary payment.
The notice is addressed to Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Vinay Dube.
Jane Cox, a Mumbai-based lawyer representing the National Aviators Guild (NAG), said, “In these circumstances, my client calls upon the management of Jet Airlines (sic) to pay the salaries outstanding for the months of January, February & March 2019 by 14th April 2019 (and future monthly salaries by the 1st of each proceeding month), failing which my client shall be constrained, instructed to inform you, to resort to all constitutional and legal methods available to it to ensure payment of the salaries to its members.”
The counsel claimed that despite repeated reminders and requests regarding the issue at hand, the schedule of payment is repeatedly deterred.
Reportedly, the 25-year-old airline owes a debt of over Rs 8,500 crores besides the upaid dues to aircraft lessors, employees and suppliers.
On March 25, after facing continuous bruising competition, co-founders Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal hung their boots. The duo held 51 per cent of the equity in the company. After their resignation, the board transferred control to the lenders. Thereafter, an interim management committee was created to manage and monitor daily operations and cash flow.