MUMBAI: The largest lay-off in the history of Indian aviation is expected to take place on Wednesday when as many as 850 Jet Airways cabin crew me
mbers, mostly on probation, will receive termination letters. The airline couriered these letters late on Tuesday night.
WestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2124 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4906 times:
A body called the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) is already making noise about this...calling the layoffs "illegal and unwarranted".
I somehow would expect the Personnel/HR people at Jet Airways to be well versed enough in the labor laws to have made sure that no labor statutes were being violated in this layoff. The press report implies that only those employees that had not been confirmed were laid off. I guess this means they were employed less than six months(?). I seriously doubt that the layoffs were "illegal" as the union or meta-union would like to have us believe.
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He (Dutta?) said the decision to terminate the employees had nothing to do with the alliance entered into with Kingfisher. "It (alliance) has nothing to do with the workforce of the companies. These are independent decisions of the two companies."
The process of termination is absolutely legal and in line with usual company process. Compensation to sacked employees would be paid according to the contract, the company said.
“We do not see any political party involving themselves with this issue....This statement maybe a hint at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray...
"As a consequence, personnel hired for the expansion, probationers and unconfirmed personnel - who have been recently hired - will have to be released," the airline said.
Quote: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has said that no Jet Airways flight would be allowed to take off from Mumbai if the airline does not reconsider its decision to terminate the services of nearly 1000 flight attendants.
Jet Airways employees protest The MNS chief's threat comes in the wake of the private airline's decision to dismiss nearly 1,000 employees to rationalise its operations.
Raj was talking to reporters after meeting a group of Jet employees who called on him at his office 'Rajgad' in central Mumbai.
MNS activists will meet Jet officials on Thursday to discuss the issue.
Jet employees protest against retrenchment
Around 300 Jet Airways employees, including cabin-crew, staged a protest outside the airline's office here against the management's move to retrench nearly 1,000 staffers. ( Watch )
"The (Jet) management cannot take away our jobs all of a sudden and without any prior notice," a protesting cabin-crew staff said.
The employees, who staged the protest in suburban Andheri, are also contemplating seeking political intervention.
A top Jet Airways official had, earlier, said that the airline has laid-off up to 1,000 jobs with a view to rationalise its operations.
The entire force of unconfirmed staff is being laid off on a 30-day compensation package, the official said.
"It is a part of handling economic slowdown and carefully rationalising operations," he said adding that the downsizing is based on capacity, load-factor and traffic patterns.
The rationalisation seeks to optimise operations, the official said, adding the air-carrier has stopped some of its existing flights, including that to San Francisco in the US.
Among those protesting are customer-care employees and flight dispatchers.
Terming the dismissal of 1,000 employees by Jet Airways as "illegal and atrocious", CITU on Wednesday sought government's intervention in the matter and said the all flights of the company should be grounded pending withdrawal of the order.
In a statement, CITU said it was surprising that the company resorted to such an action without consulting the ministry or any other tri-partite machinery. ...
FlyingSikh From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
Ive never been a fan of Mr. Thackeray, but in this case I back him 100%
The airline can't promise these girls the world....then expect them to first pay for there education and training.....not to mention relocate them....sometimes thousands of kms.....and then just call it day and say..cya later.
Its good to see Mr. Thackeray roasting the Indian airlines feet....let them burn a little longer.
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2960 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
OK, sorry I haven't posted for the last few days but I've been stuck in Hyderabad and the general consensus among all aviation reporters and analysts is that Jet will still fire staff but be more subtle about it over the next few months. Don't expect probationary employees to be confirmed and they could also cut salaries by over 25% (as was indicated last night in Mumbai) which will basically force some of the cabin crew to quit for lack of other options (which they are, and that has already started in Mumbai if you believe some reports). Any which way you look at it, things are not very good.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31457 posts, RR: 57 Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2176 times:
Quoting Cricket (Reply 12): OK, sorry I haven't posted for the last few days but I've been stuck in Hyderabad and the general consensus among all aviation reporters and analysts is that Jet will still fire staff but be more subtle about it over the next few months
True.....The layoffs will be gradual & in a phased manner & pay cuts would be on line too.
On the Hyd issue....Looking fwd to those pics.