‘We Stand United With The Country’: Jet Airways Pilots Call-Off Protests In Light Of India-Pakistan Situation

Swarajya Staff

Feb 28, 2019, 12:19 PM | Updated 12:19 PM IST

A Jet Airways plane (Ramesh Pathania/Mint via Getty Images)
A Jet Airways plane (Ramesh Pathania/Mint via Getty Images)

Jet Airways pilots have called off their 1 March (2019) strike to protest against non-payment of salaries due to escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, reports Mint.

This is in sharp contrast to the earlier directive given by Jet Airways' pilots union National Aviators Guild (NAG). It had asked the pilots to keep in line with the duty roster and not accept last-minute changes. Pilots were also asked to wear black bands in protest.

“Everything, however, needs to be done at the appropriate time. The country is in a state of high alert following the events across the border. At a time like this, we need to stand united with the rest of the country. Right now, we all have to ask ourselves if it is indeed the right time to fight for our rights when everyone else is fighting for the country," said the National Aviators Guild.

As the financially-stressed airline struggles to stay afloat, a large chunk of pilot salaries for December (2018) remains unpaid. Jet Airlines also earlier defaulted on its debt repayments in January (2019).

“All are informed that the flight safety period and the black band protest has been called off till further notice. We trust all will understand the reasons behind taking this decision and stand united,” the Guild added.

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