Reports Say Several Workers “Beat Up” a Kingfisher Executive as Tensions Boil Over
Kingfisher Airlines has cancelled all of its flights today citing labor unrest and no-shows to work.
The Times of India reports:
‘The government warned it would not allow Kingfisher to fly if safety rules were not followed, and the industry regulator will meet Kingfisher executives on Tuesday to discuss safety issues, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said.
Kingfisher, controlled by flamboyant liquor baron Vijay Mallya and once India’s No. 2 carrier by domestic market share, has struggled with its $1.4 billion debt and banks have refused to lend it more unless it can infuse fresh equity.
Kingfisher, which has been months behind on salary payments, has seen its operations disrupted several times by fed-up employees, although until the recent incident there had not apparently been any reports of violence.
“The point is if safety is jeopardised. That’s the issue here,” Singh told reporters on Monday. “This is the first time that safety issue has come up.”
Newspapers on Monday reported that airline ground staff had refused to attach an air bridge to a plane in Mumbai on Sunday, stranding passengers onboard, while some engineers “beat up” an executive, the newspaper said, citing two unnamed sources.’
The Indian carrier has not paid some of its employees in 7 months as the airline drowns deeply in debt. The airline has been feverishly trying to find an investor for months now to spur a revival.
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