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Kingfisher To Cancel Flights Due To Employee Unrest

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Kingfisher Airlines said it would cancel several flights due to employee unrest, the company said in a statement without providing details of the cancellations. The airline would proactively cancel flights as it feared a number of its employees were unlikely to report for work due to threats from other workers, Kingfisher said.
"A section of employees of Kingfisher Airlines has not been reporting for work over the last fortnight and over the past two days, they have been threatening and even manhandling the other employees who are reporting for work," said Prakash Mirpuri, a Kingfisher spokesman. Kingfisher, owned by liqour baron Vijay Mallya, is saddled with huge debts and has grounded most of its fleet.
A section of engineers of the near-bankrupt Kingfisher Airlines went on a strike on the evening of 30 September over non-payment of salaries, affecting the flight operations."Engineers from New Delhi and Mumbai bases are on strike demanding immediate payment of salaries which remain unpaid for the past seven months," said sources within the company. 
Due to the strike, some flights were delayed, sources said, adding that services of manager-rank engineers are being used now. As per the DGCA norms, an aircraft can't take off unless its air worthiness is certified by the airline's engineers. Kingfisher management, which has not paid salaries to most of its staff since March, had a meeting with representatives of employees last week, but failed to give any firm assurance. The Vijay Mallya-owned airline is saddled with bank loans of Rs 7,000 crore which it has not serviced since January.