KF Airlines' striking staff to meet management

Striking employees of Kingfisher Airlines on Sunday said they will meet the management to find a solution to the 20-day strike that has crippled operations and led the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to suspend the carrier’s licence.

 “We will hold a meeting with the management on Monday in Mumbai. We also want the airline to start operations and become viable again,” a senior official on strike said here.
 “We will consider any offer presented by the airline which is logical and meets the minimum criteria of our demands,” the official added.

 Nearly 6,500 employees of the airline face the possibility of losing their jobs if the airline continues to be in a state of lockout, which has been extended till October 23.

 The average monthly wage bill of the airline is said to be around Rs 21 crore. The employees went on a flash strike on October 1, demanding payment of their salaries by October 5, which has been pending since March.  They also claimed that non-payment of salaries has affected their morale and built up stress levels that can also affect operational safety.

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