Jet Airways Employees Protest Against Non-Payment of Salaries

Meanwhile, Jet’s employee union has sought to register FIRs against Naresh Goyal and SBI chairperson Rajnish Kumar.

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The employees of Jet Airways, including pilots, flight attendants and ground staff, staged protests at the Delhi airport against the non-payment of their salaries.

The crisis in Jet Airways deepened on Friday as it could operate only 11 aircraft, leaving passengers stranded at various domestic and international airports and prompting the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the situation, reported news agency PTI.

According to sources, the meeting was called after Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu asked secretary of the department Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways.

Kharola told reporters that Jet Airways flew 11 aircraft on Friday and will fly six to seven aircraft on both days this weekend on domestic routes.

When asked if the airline has enough funds to keep the operations going on till Monday, the secretary replied in affirmative.

Meanwhile, another PTI report said quoting sources that the airlines’ founder Naresh Goyal has put in bid for buying stake in the ailing airline.

It couldn't be immediately ascertained whether he has partnered with any entity or airline for the bid.

Goyal quit as chairperson of the carrier last month under a debt resolution plan that saw lenders taking control of the airline.

FIR Sought Against Goyal, SBI Chairperson

Also, the employee union of Jet Airways on Friday sought to register FIRs against airlines' founder Naresh Goyal, chief executive Vinay Dube and SBI chairperson Rajnish Kumar for non-payment of March salary.

Earlier in the day, over 200 employees, under union president and NCP lawmaker Kiran Pawaskar, took out a march from the airport to Jet headquarters Siroya Centre, in Andheri and met senior management, though they wanted to meet Dube.

Later, they went to the police seeking to register an FIR against Goyal, Dube and Kumar.

(With inputs from PTI)

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