Employees of cash-strapped Jet Airways protested outside the Civil Aviation Ministry today demanding revival of the airline and payment of their pending salaries.
The protests come amid the State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders struggling to find a buyer for the airline which ceased operations around mid-last month due to acute liquidity crisis.
Around 200 employees of Jet Airways demonstrated with banners reading “Hear our cry, let 9W fly”, “we fly you around, don’t let us be on ground”, “we have dependents to feed, please don’t let 9W bleed” and “a family helps each other for cleaning house”.
9W is the flight code for Jet Airways.
As the protesters moved towards the ministry, Delhi Police and CRPF personnel erected barriers to stop them.
Three employees of the full-service carrier met joint secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, S K Mishra.
Asish Kumar Mohanty, one of the employees who met Mr Mishra said, “We have given him an update about today’s conditions within Jet Airways. We have not got salaries for the last five months. In between, our medical coverage has also been stopped as the management has told us that they have no revenue.”
“We told him about three important concerns for the airline – employees’ pending salaries, no management is there now to look after Jet Airways and expedition of SBI’s bidding process,” added Mr Mohanty, who belongs to the airline’s engineering department.
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