Kingfisher staff plan hunger strike if dues are not paid

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Kingfisher staff threatens hunger strike
Mumbai, Sept 16: Kingfisher airlines staff have renewed demand for their salary dues and have threatened to launch a hunger strike, if their demands are not met.

Employees of the grounded airline, received their salary for July 2012, this April and some of the city based employees have already started a peaceful agitation, according to reports.

Agitated employees showed their concern and said that they were pushed to the wall since April, when the airline paid them only their July 2012 salary. "We have now decided to go on a hunger strike if our dues are not paid," reports quoted sources among employees.

On the other hand, Vijay Mallya, informed the shareholders that the airline was in dialogue with the aviation authorities to restart the airline operations.

According to the Kingfisher Airlines's Annual report, that was sent to the shareholders, the company had presented a viable plan to the DGCA and the civil aviation authorities, which was acceptable to them.

Employees received their July 2012 salary in April this year

Employees on the other side claimed that they had a few meetings with the management but are yet to receive a firm assurance. According to reports, the management had informed them that they were not able to pay the dues as the company's accounts were frozen due to non-payment of taxes. But will file an application before the court to allow the release of atleast one month's salary.

The airline, which has been grounded since last October, owes more than Rs 7,000 crore to a group of 17 banks. In addition to this, the service tax department had got its bank accounts frozen since last November over the non-payment of tax dues of over Rs 100 crore.

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