Late salaries upset KFA staffs; RCB players to boycott IPL-5?
New Delhi: The Kingfisher Airlines staffs have urged the company’s IPL franchisee Royal Challengers Bangalore’s players to boycott the IPL-5 in order to get their salary dues. The KFA staffs haven’t been paid their salaries for the last few months. A group of pilots held a meeting in New Delhi to decide their future course of action.
Kingfisher Chairman Vijay Mallya has given an assurance to all his employees for salaries to be paid before April 10. In his letter to employees Mallya said, “All junior staff will be paid before Easter i.e., on Wednesday April 4th. All Pilots and Engineers will be paid on Monday April 9th and Tuesday April 10th.”
Kingfisher staffs are planning to protest on Monday near the Mumbai airport for late salaries.
Due to financial crunch, Kingfisher has been closing down offices temporarily and have curtailed its operations from 64 aircrafts to 16 aircrafts.
Kingfisher has a total debt of around Rs 7,000 crore and accumulated losses of around Rs 6,000 crore.
Kingfisher Airlines agreed to pay only up to Rs 10 crore of its Rs 76-crore service tax dues this fiscal, a top government official said.
"Kingfisher has dues to the tune of Rs 76 crore; we are talking to them. They will be depositing about Rs 10 crore this month," Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Chairman SK Goel said.