April 2nd, 2012
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Kingfisher staff threaten to go on strike

kingfisherMumbai: Even though Kingfisher Chairman Vijay Mallya assured that all the junior staff would be paid their dues by April 4 and all pilots and engineers would be paid by April 9 and 10,the staff were not in a mood to relent. They have threatened to go on a strike if their dues are not paid in a day. Kingfisher employees have also appealed to the players of Royal Challenger Bangalore to boycott Indian Premier Leauge (IPL) cricket matches starting April 4.

In an internal communication, Mr. Mallya announced that formalities for de-freezing the company’s bank accounts were completed on Sunday following payment of Rs. 44 crores to the Income Tax and Rs. 20 crores to the Service Tax authorities before March 31. The authorities had earlier frozen close to 40 accounts of the airline for non-payment of dues.

Mr. Mallya also indicated that starting this week, he would be personally available at each major station once a week to listen to the concerns of all staff at all levels. Employees of the cash-strapped carrier, who have not been paid since last December, have put the airline on notice to pay two months’ salaries and dues by Tuesday evening and clear the remaining dues by April 20.


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