Good Work needs to be appreciated and timely payment of Salaries is a big boost to the employee’s confidence. However, in recent times, Jet Airways has faltered big time in paying up and this has affected its services and valuable human assets of the company.
Jet Airways Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Association wrote to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation saying “that non-payment of salaries had adversely affected its members’ psychological condition, which puts the safety of the airline’s flight operations at risk.” Hence, Suresh Prabhu, the civil aviation minister, called for an emergency meeting to discuss the hard hitting issues affecting Jet Airways and the flights.
The engineers, pilots and senior management of Jet Airways have not been paid for January and February, and sadly 87.5 per cent of their December salary is also due. He tweeted that as the civil aviation secretary he will hold a meeting to discuss the Jet Airways issue, cancellations and delay in refunds and safety concerns. They have 560 engineers to maintain its fleet of over 100 aircrafts.
“As of now, three months’ salary is overdue to us. It has been arduous for us to meet our financial requirements, which has resulted in adversely affecting the psychological condition of engineers at work and therefore, safety of public transport aircraft being flown by Jet Airways across India and the world is at risk.” the association has said in an e-mail to the DGCA
“We request you to kindly intervene and direct Jet Airways to clear our dues and pay us our salaries on time in future to enable us to continue deliver safe aircraft. We who inspect, troubleshoot and certify the public transport aircraft are in tremendous stress due to no-payment of salaries on time, since last seven months”.
The airline has grounded a large part of the fleet and subsequently cut down operations as well.
At the peak of their business, the airline had over 600 flights per day with a fleet of 123 planes. Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal said that the airline has “consciously” and “pro-actively” decided to lower the number of staff and carriers in recent times.