The Vijay Mallya-owned airline offered to pay one month's salary soon and promised to expedite payment of the remaining six months as soon as the company gets recapitalised. However, striking employees rejected this offer
Mumbai/New Delhi: The crisis in debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines worsened on Wednesday as reconciliatory talks between its management and striking engineers and pilots over payment of seven-month salary backlog failed with the protestors rejecting the offer of part payment and vowing to continue their agitation, reports PTI.
With no end to the deadlock, a question mark hung over the airline's plans to resume operations from Friday, after a four-day partial lockout and complete suspension of all operations since Monday night.
"Our strike will continue as management has failed to give any commitment on payment of salary," a representative of striking Kingfisher engineers and pilots, Capt Vikrant Patkar, told reporters after a brief meeting in Mumbai.
On its part, the management offered to pay one month's salary soon and "expedite the payment of the remaining six months as soon as the company gets recapitalised," an airline official said on condition of anonymity.
But this offer was rejected by the employees. "There is no money and they can't give any commitment also. The engineers and pilots will continue with their agitation," Patkar said.
He said the management "offered us one month salary and that too 10-15 days later. We are not going to work unless we are paid for seven months. So we have rejected their offer."
Top Kingfisher officials had promised aviation regulator DGCA that they would hold meetings with various sections of the staff in an attempt to end the strike and the process began today.
Airline CEO Sanjay Agarwal and UB Group's Chief Financial Officer Ravi Nedungadi attended the meetings with the commercial staff as well as engineers and pilots in Mumbai.
They are expected to meet the employees in Delhi tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would submit an interim report on the situation facing Kingfisher, including the safety issue as aircraft engineers were on strike.
Kingfisher has been saddled with a huge loss of Rs8,000 crore and a debt burden of another over Rs7,000 crore, a large part of which has not serviced since January.
Several of its aircraft have been either taken away by its lessors or grounded by the Airports Authority of India for non-payment of dues during the past few months.
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This article tells you about how to keep track of your ‘rightful’ six subsidized LPG cylinders, unless you want pay more every time
Here are details about the capping of subsidized cylinders scheme for LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) announced by the Government of India on 13 September 2012. You will be surprised to know that almost 50% of the LPG consumers in the country use six cylinders or less during one full year. Therefore, effectively this percentage of customers will not be affected at all. I request each one of you to note the following:
If you have lost /misplaced the DGCC booklet or do not have the DGCC booklet or have a DGCC booklet without a serial number/consumer number, you must get in touch with your distributor and obtain a new booklet, duly stamped and signed by the distributor, after paying applicable charges or get the serial number stamped and signed by the distributor in the old DGCC booklet. The serial number of the DGCC book must be entered by the distributor in his system.
To ensure that all cylinders are delivered to the genuine customer, the following process has been devised:
The cash memo and the acknowledgement generated by the system for each cylinder will indicate the number of subsidized cylinder being delivered against entitlement i.e. 1/3, 2/3 or 3/3 as well as the Serial number of DGCC booklet.
Consumers on their part must do the following at each cylinder delivery:
• Produce the DGCC booklet to the delivery boy while receiving the refill cylinder.
• Check that the serial number of the DGCC matches with that printed on the cash memo.
• Sign on the DGCC booklet as well as copy of the cash memo as acknowledgement of receipt of the refill cylinder and handover the same to the delivery man.
• Ensure that the delivery details are recorded in the book and signed by the deliveryman.
Every consumer must keep the cash memo and DGCC book carefully as in case of any dispute with regard to receipt of subsidized cylinders, the cash memo and the DGCC book will be the reference points for resolution of the case. In the absence of the DGCC booklet, the distributor’s record would be considered as final.
All consumers are requested to get their mobile number recorded with the distributor so that confirmation of delivery of the refill cylinder can be sent through SMS by the respective oil companies to their consumers as and when electronic confirmation system is rolled out.
Consumers are also advised to check their booking and delivery details on the Transparency Portal of oil companies (www.petroleum.nic.in, www.hindustanpetroleum.com/www.indane.co.in/www.ebharatgas.com) and in case of any discrepancy in delivery of cylinders, immediately log complaint in the Transparency Portal.