The 26-day strike at Kingfisher Airlines was resolved yesterday.
The management has agreed to pay four month salary dues by December end to the striking employees who decided to resume work with immediate effect. “All our employees will resume work today, including the pilots and engineers. We will now on continue to work together,” airline’s CEO Sanjay Aggarwal said.
Engineers’ representative Subhash Chandra Mishra was quoted by the Times of India, “We are joining duty from today. We have accepted the management’s proposal for a staggered payment of four month salary dues by December.”
While the strike has ended, operations will take time to resume. The airline may take at least three to four weeks to resume operations as its flying license has been suspended by the DGCA.
The airline in its official statement said, “We will now finalize and present our resumption plan to the DGCA and hope to get their concurrence soon.”
Under the agreement arrived at, the management, which was earlier offering only three months salaries, climbed down to accept the workers’ demand for payment of four out of seven months’ dues by December end. While the March salary would be paid within 24 hours, the April salary would be paid by 31 October, May dues before Diwali in mid-November and June salary by December end.
All Kingfisher flights have remained suspended since September 30 due to the strike, followed by a lockout from October one and then suspension of their Scheduled Operator’s Permit (SOP) or the flying license by aviation regulator DGCA. The license of Kingfisher was issued on August 26 2003, and is valid till 31 December this year.