Jet Airways reinstates all sacked employees

In a complete U turn, Jet Airways Chairman, Mr. Naresh Goyal held a sentimental and emotional press conference and announced a reinstatement of all sacked employees.

In less than 24 hours claiming all staff are family, Mr. Goyal stressed it was an economic decision to lay off, but an emotional one to reinstate. Keeping in view, the criticism by all political parties, he took special pains to stress that this decision was not due to any political pressure.

Signs of pressure appeared when Petroleum minister Mr. Murli Deora, rebuffed the requests of the Civil Aviation Minister Mr. Praful Patel to help bail out the airlines with lower fuel prices. Both Mr. Deora and Mr. Patel are from Mumbai, the home of Jet Airways, and the corporate head quarters of alliance partner Kingfisher Airlines.

Mr. Goyal is known to be extremely concious of his public image and needs a sympathetic ear from government to function well. The sacking of the employees would save only about Rs. 5 million.

Given the extreme negative reaction by the public at large and the politicians in particular, it appears that Mr. Goyal has very correctly decided that the negatives far outweighed any potential savings.

The signal to India Inc., is simple. No matter how bad the economy, large scale sacking of employees is politically very incorrect.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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  1. This is a bad for business and employment both. It is a LOSE-LOSE situation.

    Companies will be loath to hire anyone, thereby lakhs of jobs will no longer be created.
    Companies would shy away from setting up in India.

    If Employees can resign and go anytime citing better opportunities, why can’t employer ask a employee to leave citing bad economic conditions?

    For readers to chew on:
    Jet has defaulted on payment for ATF Fuel in the last week. What does it say about its condition?