Pilots call strike, demand reinstatement of sacked staff

Woes of the recession hit private sector carrier Jet Airways are not ending. The air carrier is facing new problems with every passing day.

Now, Jet Airways pilots have called a strike on Friday, demanding the reinstatement of two senior commanders -Sam Thomas and G Balaraman, sacked by Jet a fortnight ago following their joining of the newly registered union of pilots- the National Aviators Guild.

Jet Airways Pilots Union would serve formal strike notice to the management on Monday. An indefinite strike will be called from September 7 in case the management fails to pay heed to their genuine demands. The pilots had earlier registered a strong protest against the management, giving management a week’s time to address their demands.

Mr. Sam Thomas said, “We have sent a notice to the management. Our only demand is reinstatement. The termination letter gave no reasons. We have the support of close to 700 pilots.” He added that the management has taken no measures despite its assurance.

Meanwhile, the airline’s spokesperson declined to comment over the matter, expressing ignorance about any development.