New Delhi: Kingfisher Airlines crisis continues as employees are set to gherao the Formula 1 track in Greater Noida to protest against Vijay Mallya. This after the UB group Chairman upset them by claiming that he would be attending the races but staying mum on the salary row. Mallya is expected to come to Delhi on October 26 which the employees have set as the last date for their four months salary to be paid.
The debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines has not been operating flights since the October 1, after which its flying license was suspended by aviation regulator DGCA. The employees of Kingfisher Airlines have been seeking to speak directly to Mallya regarding their issues, but have not been given permission to do so. They are seeking four months' pay by October 26.
Under fire over the crisis and with agitated employees asking where he is, Mallya broke his silence on Tuesday, slamming sections of the media for calling him an "absconder". "I travel 24x7 where my multiple work responsibilities take me. Sections of media call me an absconder because I don't talk to them," Mallya said in a tweet. Mallya's tweet came against the backdrop of his absence at the talks or negotiations the management of the debt-ridden private carrier has been holding with the employees over the past two weeks.
Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Kingfisher employee Subhash Chandra Mishra said, "I believe in Dr Mallya, but not in Sanjay Agarwal (CEO) or Hitesh Patel, because many times they have gone wrong. In the past 13 months, we have got only five salaries. How can you trust them?" "Let Dr Mallya come and our representative will go and talk to him face to face. If he says something, then we may accept, but not Sanjay Agarwal or Hitesh Patel," he added. Mishra had earlier questioned Mallya's silence over the whole crisis.