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Kingfisher Airlines Grounded By Strike  
User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/1...er-regulator-idINDEE89004E20121001

Employees are protesting non-payment of April salaries - yes, they haven't been paid in months...

DGCA (regulator) is investigating, may pull operating permit.

More details on their way.


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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

Kingfisher has stopped selling tickets for Tuesday's schedule.


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User currently onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

I notice that they are not currently operating flights "No Kingfisher flight is operating at the moment, Mishra added".

So presumably they are unable to sell tickets either.

Are there no laws in India that require companies to pay their bills, (including wages) at the agreed times.

Also, if they are not operating flights, (and are presumably, effectively grounded) how long can they keep their AOC?.


User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 2):
Are there no laws in India that require companies to pay their bills, (including wages) at the agreed times.

There are laws, but there is no point to them - if IT can't pay their bills, they can't pay the fines either.

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 2):
Also, if they are not operating flights, (and are presumably, effectively grounded) how long can they keep their AOC?.

Depends on how fast that suitcase gets to the Minister's office  

I don't think Kingfisher will be able to stick it out much longer AOC or not - striking employees beat up an executive yesterday, among other things. I just hope nobody decides to interfere with maintenance.

Regardless, if an aircraft goes down, that will be the end of Kingfisher. Nobody would be willing to fly them...



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User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1575 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4041 times:

Well I think this is the end then....

User currently onlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12981 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3904 times:
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I feel for the IT employees. Show up at work for no pay or try to find another job in a poor economy. Most strike action I consider premature... This strike is one of the few where I scratch my head and go "why didn't they strike earlier?" Getting paid is a fundamental right in exchange for labor.

Personally, I think IT is done.

Talk about spin: Kingfisher has declared a temporary lockout:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-F...ut-till-Oct-4/Article1-938499.aspx

Now, they didn't say much, but if one isn't flying anyway...

I personally believe Kingfisher airlines is a Zombie company anyway. IT might fly another day... they might not. Either way, I simply do not see them surviving until the end of 2013. There is no expected profit, so why put money into the airline? Mallay won't as he likes his money. Nor will any foreign airline. IT is done. Whatever niche Kingfisher had has been eaten up by 9W, 6E, and Spicejet.

Quoting aeroblogger (Thread starter):
Employees are protesting non-payment of April salaries - yes, they haven't been paid in months...

Gasp...

April
May
June
July
August
September

Going six months without pay is harsh. Or did I assume wrong? Has IT made good other months pay?
Mr. Mallya should see the inside of a jail if the time was really that long without pay for his employees.

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
I feel for the IT employees. Show up at work for no pay or try to find another job in a poor economy. Most strike action I consider premature... This strike is one of the few where I scratch my head and go "why didn't they strike earlier?" Getting paid is a fundamental right in exchange for labor.

They have been striking on and off, but they've always stopped short of killing the company - they didn't want to lose the 6 paychecks they are still waiting on..

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):

Gasp...

April
May
June
July
August
September

Going six months without pay is harsh. Or did I assume wrong? Has IT made good other months pay?

Some workgroups haven't even recieved March pay.

Every paycheck since December has been delayed by at least 2 months.



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User currently offlinegoacom From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

IT is a dead airline flying. A senior exec (Partner) at one of the big 3 consulting companies told me that they have banned their staff from flying on IT and AI due to the on going problems .. kind of similar to what has happened with our company. IT is pretty much about to hit the ground while AI is just a few feet away, kept afloat by tax payer money.

User currently offlinetraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

Kingfisher is toast! Spent yesterday with a good friend visitng from India. He said then (9/30) that they would not make due to all the iisues well presented here on A-net.

User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3165 times:
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Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
I feel for the IT employees. Show up at work for no pay or try to find another job in a poor economy. Most strike action I consider premature... This strike is one of the few where I scratch my head and go "why didn't they strike earlier?" Getting paid is a fundamental right in exchange for labor.

Yeah...shocking that the employees have been so loyal up to now.......1-2 months to save the company I can see as acceptable......more than that then the company is going down....stike or no strike.


User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 9):
Yeah...shocking that the employees have been so loyal up to now.......1-2 months to save the company I can see as acceptable......more than that then the company is going down....stike or no strike.

There is a very strong cultural stigma against unemployment - workers would rather go work for no pay than stay home and deal with the social effects.

There aren't many jobs open in aviation right now, so it's definitely a tough time. Startups like Air Costa have been inundated with applications recently.



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User currently onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19796174

This sounds like good news for the staff. Just a pity that it was not done sooner.

Doubtless many families have experienced real hardship due to this delay.


User currently offlinetonyban From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Did I read this correctly ????

'The company said in a statement on Monday that "illegal acts" had been committed by a "small section of recalcitrant employees which were all unnecessary and unprovoked".

Illegal acts ? How about not paying staff for over 6-months. Is that not-illegal ? The only people I feel for is the staff who have not paid. What a horrible employer to work for.


User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR6Cw_3q1Pg

I was watching this video the other day and it reminded me of the whole drama around kingfishers impending death.  
I suspect we haven't seen the end, yet.



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User currently offlineaeroblogger From India, joined Dec 2011, 1363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 11):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19796174

This sounds like good news for the staff. Just a pity that it was not done sooner.

Doubtless many families have experienced real hardship due to this delay.

This is the 23rd time that Kingfisher has pledged to pay salaries in the recent future. I went back and counted.

Of those 22 times before, it only actually happened 3 times.



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