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Raj Thackeray threatens Jet Air over firing staff

October 15, 2008

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday said that no Jet Airways flight would be allowed to take off from Mumbai if the airline does not reconsider its decision to terminate the services of 850 flight attendants.

The MNS chief's threat comes in the wake of the private airline's decision to lay-off nearly 1,000 employees with a view to rationalise its operations.

Raj was talking to reporters after meeting a group of Jet employees, who called on him at his office 'Rajgad' in central Mumbai.

MNS activists will meet Jet officials on Thursday to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, late on Wednesday at a press conference in Mumbai, Jet deputy managing director B Saroj Dutta said that the removal of 1,900 staff is an attempt to save the company and the job of another 1,100 people in the organisation.

He said that while many have been already served notice of separation, more will be given notice in the next few days.

"The decision to downsize has nothing to do with alliance with Kingfisher. It is an unfortunate but independent decision of the companies. We would like to take back employees as early as possible," Dutta said.

Text: PTI

Image: MNS chief Raj Thackeray meets the sacked Jet Airways employees in Dadar in Mumbai. | Photograph: Arun Patil

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