A Jet Airways pilots' union has hinted at employee unrest that could ground flight operations because the airline is allegedly delaying the implementation of a new salary structure.
The National Aviation Guild, a union comprising more than 800 pilots, wrote to the airline chief executive officer Nikos Kardassis on December 10, urging him to convene an urgent meeting to cool off the growing tension within the company.
"It is becoming extremely difficult for us to convince the pilots not to get agitated as we have been speaking to them on the basis of assurances from the management," the letter read.
The union says the management had approved a new salary structure, scheduled to come into effect from November 1. Airline sources said the cumulative increase in salaries as of financial year 2013-14 would be 25%.
The agreement also introduced additional perks such as variable pay and enhanced mediclaim cover, said sources.
The union has also raised objections against some 'unilateral' decisions of the management. For instance, pilots were earlier allowed to travel as a passenger by simply submitting a slip at the check-in counter but now the process had become tedious. It also claimed that pilots have been issued warnings even for reporting sick. "Ideally the management should counsel pilots if it has a problem. Warnings often de-motivate the crew," said a pilot, requesting anonymity.
"If the problem is not addressed immediately, the airline could be going the Kingfisher way," said another pilot, requesting anonymity.
The Jet Airways spokesperson said: "At Jet Airways, there is an inherent system of open door policy for all levels of employees to engage in discussions with the airline leadership, to arrive at positive outcomes and get on with business as usual. The airline's management has at all times maintained a very open line of communication with its pilots, which has resulted in an amicable working relationship. Your suggestion here is speculative and the airline will not comment on a matter internal in nature."