Sunday, March 4, 2012

EXCLUSIVE! Let them eat cake…. Kingfisher – The end of the road? Aerospace Diary special….

Neelam Mathews
March 4, 2012

I cannot but help compare the plight of Kingfisher’s unfortunate employees to the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"-  Let them eat cake-  supposedly uttered by Queen Marie Antoinette upon learning that the peasants had no bread during a famine, reflecting her obliviousness to the condition of the people.

Take our own King of Good Times. Even as his people bleed with no salaries for at least three months, Vijay Mallya after spending a stressful week in the corridors of Delhi, hopped into his private jet headed to the plush confines of his Goa property where Aerospace Diary learns his CEO Sanjay Aggarwal  has been summoned- probably to make some hard, harsh decisions.

Before tweets fly out, please get me, nobody resents anybody’s well-earned lifestyle. Its just at times like these, it doesn’t hurt to be a bit more sensitive to people who have sweated and worked hard for you to earn that lifestyle. Consider this- at least seven KF staff not having been paid their salaries carrying the Chairman’s bags as he steps into his business jet, pretending to be happy, may not always be the best PR for a company in the long run.

The writing on the wall now seems to be pretty clear. Senior department heads in Mumbai are being told to start looking for new jobs. The most frazzled are the guys who left Jet Airways to join Kingfisher, learns Aerospace Diary. We also believe their 3-month salaries will not be given. But that hardly comes as a surprise.

Since the government seems to be so concerned about the health of the ailing carrier- given that in a free economy, companies come and go, hopefully, their interest will turn to the employees rights.

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