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Jet employees protest against retrenchment

india Updated: Oct 15, 2008 16:34 IST

About 300 Jet Airways employees, including cabin-crew, on Wednesday staged a protest outside the airline's office in Mumbai against the management's move to retrench nearly 1,000 staffers.

"The (Jet) management cannot take away our jobs all of a sudden and without any prior notice," a protesting cabin-crew staff told PTI.

The employees, who staged the protest in suburban Andheri, are also contemplating seeking political intervention.

A top Jet Airways official had, earlier, told PTI 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.