Kingfisher Airlines fights off labor unrest with a “partial lockout” and a temporary suspension of flights

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is now battling upset employees as the carrier struggles to survive and maintain a viable schedule. Management declared a “partial lock-out” and temporary suspension of flights.

The airline has issued the following statement:

Kingfisher Airlines Limited has announced that following a series of protracted and unabated incidents of violence, criminal intimidation, assault, wrongful restraint and other illegal acts including refraining from attending work, by a small section of recalcitrant employees which were all unnecessary and unprovoked, the management has been forced to declare a partial lock-out at the airline, effective immediately.

Kingfisher Airlines has more than sufficient number of staff to safely operate its current schedule of flights as per the holding plan. It is internally ascertained that despite the fact that a vast majority of the staff are willing to cooperate and support the company in these turbulent times, they are not able to/not being allowed to report to work on account of acts of criminal intimidation by the said same class of recalcitrant employees who have regrettably chosen to take law into their own hands, forcing a complete paralysis of operations.

In these circumstances, with the safety of passengers in mind, the Company is left with no other option but to take firm and decisive steps as advised in law, including disciplinary action against these recalcitrant employees, to bring the situation under control particularly with a view to getting flight operations back to normal at the earliest. All employees are hereby called upon to immediately and forthwith restore normalcy and resume normal duties.

Before commencing legal action, the Company will make efforts to continue to engage with these recalcitrant employees to persuade them to cease and desist from intimidating and threatening the vast majority of the work force that is willing to report for work with a view to commence normal flight operations as per the holding plan as soon as possible.

In the meanwhile, it has been decided that flight operations will be suspended for the next 3 days, i.e. until October 4, 2012.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused to our valued guests on account of this.

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. The struggling airline has been shedding its leased aircraft. Former Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320-232 EI-EWS (VT-KFK) (msn 2670) is pictured arriving at Dublin on September 19, 2012 after a ferry flight from Istanbul. The aircraft will be repainted at the Eirtech Aviation facility for a new customer of BBAM.

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