Kingfisher strike called off

Kingfisher strike called off

A planned strike at Kingfisher Airlines has been called off after management assurances that wages will be paid by next week.

Employees had threatened to go on strike if they were not paid by Tuesday.

The troubled private Indian carrier announced on Monday that it would resume paying its staff after tax authorities unfroze its bank accounts after the airline paid 640 million rupees ($12.6 million).

Workers met with chairman and managing director Vijay Mallya on Monday night.

He said all junior staff would be paid by today (Wednesday) and engineers and pilots would be paid early next week.

Staff have not been paid salaries since December.

"The employees accepted the assurance Mr Mallya had given and decided that they would not go ahead with their ultimatum of an agitation if a part of their dues were not paid by 8pm (Tuesday)," Press Trust of India quoted unnamed airline officials as saying.

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