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Jet Airways ground staff appeal pilots to resume work

PTI  New Delhi, September 10, 2009
First Published: 19:00 IST(10/9/2009) | Last Updated: 19:28 IST(10/9/2009)

Extending support to Jet Airways management, ground staff of the airline on Thursday issued an emotional appeal to the protesting pilots asking them to return to work.

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"We want this strike to be withdrawn because it is affecting not only the airline but us also. The future of families depend on this as the company is losing revenue as well as passengers' trust," Surender Sharma, a representative of the ground staff, told reporters in New Delhi.

Jagjeet Kaur, another ground staff, said, "We want this agitation to come to an end today itself. We have been working as a team and now after two days of the strike, the future of 13,000 non-pilot employees is at stake."

"600 pilots are withdrawing salary which amounts to 40 per cent of the company's revenue. But they are forgetting the rest of us," Kaur said.

The ground staff also asked the pilots to put forward their grievances in the right manner.

Ashwini, a customer-care supervisor, said earlier they were operating 47 flights out of Delhi but on Thursday they had operated just one.

"We have landed in such a situation due to 600 pilots. Nobody is thinking about the company," he said.

Another loader supervisor Rajesh Kumar appealed to the pilots to withdraw the strike. "We are apprehensive about our future as the Jet Chairman has said that he will close the company. What will happen to our families," he said.

There are 3,000 ground staff of the airlines at Delhi airport, Kumar said, and asked the striking pilots to think about the future of their families.

Shikha, a Duty Manager, said that due to the stir, loyal passengers were now using the service of other airlines.
The ground staff extended their support to Chairman Naresh Goyal, saying he was with them during the good times and they are now with him during this bad time.


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