New Delhi: The Kingfisher Airlines staff yet again rejected the airline management's offer of three-month salary payment on Tuesday, demanding that the unpaid dues from March to June be paid in one go on or before October 26. Speaking to reporters, Kingfisher employee Subhash Mishra said that the staff members had lost their faith in the airline management. "We want the pending salaries for the month of March and full salaries for April, May and June, on or before October 26," said Mishra.
The Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai pilots and engineers earlier rejected the three-month salary offer, with the exception of a majority of Mumbai pilots and engineers who accepted the offer.
Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh refused to intervene in the mess, saying Kingfisher was a privately owned company and so the government could not intervene in its affairs. He also said that payment of salaries alone will not be enough to make Kingfisher fly. "It is a private company, doesn't come under any ministry. Yes they have a problem, but the government cannot interfere. The Kingfisher problem is very big. They have to give a very sound plan to the government that they can pay taxes and their dues," said Singh.
Kingfisher's efforts to take off crashlanded after its 6,000 plus employees, who haven't been paid in over six months, refused the management's offer on Monday, to pay three months' salary before Diwali. They said it was an eyewash and asked chairman Vijay Mallya to come to the talking table.
Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai staff reject offer