Jet pilots to stop flying from today

Jet pilots to stop flying from today
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More than a thousand Jet Airways pilots will strike work from 10 am on Monday to protest unpaid salaries and uncertainty about their jobs.

New Delhi: More than a thousand Jet Airways pilots will strike work from 10 am on Monday to protest unpaid salaries and uncertainty about their jobs.

The carrier, saddled with more than $1.2 billion of debt, has had to ground more than 80 per cent of its fleet over unpaid dues to leasing companies, pushing it to the brink of shutdown and jeopardising hopes of attracting a new investor.

"As on today, we have not been paid for nearly three-and-a-half months and we don't know when we will be paid. So, we have decided to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15," said a person with the National Aviator's Guild, the union of Jet employees.

Jet pilots, engineers and senior managers have not been paid since January. Other employees have not got their March salary.

On Friday, hundreds of Jet's employees marched from the airport to the airline's headquarters in Mumbai to seek clarity on whether they will get paid soon and if their jobs will be secure over the coming months.

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