150 Jet Airways staffers not paid salary for two months

Sushant Ranjan
Wednesday, 17 April 2019

“When I joined Jet Airways, everything was normal. This is my second job. I quit my earlier job for this salary. In December, I bought a two-wheeler on EMI and was paying regularly to the bank. In March, I didn’t get my salary. Now, how will I pay the EMIs. I had managed to pay them with my savings, but this month, I don’t know how will I pay,” he told Sakal Times.

Pune: One of the premier airline services in India, which served passengers for almost 26 years, is now in a condition that may lead to shutting down its service. This is directly affecting almost 21,000 employees across the country, which include the 150 deputed at the Pune airport. They have not got their salaries for two months now. Hence, they are unable to pay their EMIs and school fees of their 
children.
 
Jatin Deokar (28) (name changed) joined the airline in October 2018 as a security guard at the Pune airport. He was earning Rs 35,000 per month. From March this year, he has not got his salary. 

“When I joined Jet Airways, everything was normal. This is my second job. I quit my earlier job for this salary. In December, I bought a two-wheeler on EMI and was paying regularly to the bank. In March, I didn’t get my salary. Now, how will I pay the EMIs. I had managed to pay them with my savings, but this month, I don’t know how will I pay,” he told Sakal Times.

Another staffer of the engineering section of the airline has a monthly salary of around Rs80,000. He has not yet paid school fees of his two children.

“The new session of the school started this month. My son moved to class 1 and daughter in 4. I still have to pay their school fees. I haven’t get my salary yet. I borrowed money from my other family members and friends. The school has co-operated,” he said on condition of anonymity.

Besides employees on the roll, around 100 employees are working on contract. They are also worried about their salaries. 

“Many employees are from remote villages and have joined the airline for over one or two years. Most of them are earning a salary of Rs 10,000 to 12,000 per month. But the company has not yet paid them their salaries. Our contractor pays us and he is still clueless,” said Vishnu Gaikwad, (name changed), a luggage loader.

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