Friday, October 17, 2008

Jet-whereways

When I was passing out from college and was faced with the exact same dilemma as most teenagers on ‘what next’, my mother often suggested to me that I take up a course in hospitality and aim to become a stewardess with a leading airline….now I thank my luck stars for not going that way….
Not to say that a retrenchment of the kind that took place recently at Jet can’t happen in any other sector or even in the one that I work in, but until it does, I have something to feel relieved about…
The entire fiasco around the lay-offs by Jet after the tie-up with Kingfisher has become a joke…one day the employees have a job, the next day they don’t. And then again the subsequent day, they have their jobs back!!!
It reminds me of those carefree days when peek-a-boo and pakda pakdi used to be the main order of the day…

If you do the math, it only makes you wonder what Mr. Goyal has been up to – he went on national television after the retrenchment talking tough about how this was a necessary step to ‘improve services’ and couldn’t be helped and almost within 24 hours, he was feeling sorry enough for those he laid off to take them all back under the pretext that he and his wife were unable to sleep a wink out of guilt…
Mr. Goyal, the sentiment is much appreciated and we hope against hope that it is truly felt as well, or else you might have a change of heart again…
If indeed these ‘bechare bache’ don’t make a dent in your balance sheet as you have stated on television after taking them all back, why then did you think it necessary to create so much controversy in the first place…
But I guess it’s time to move on now and let by-gones be by-gones…
Just a tip before I end another depressing piece here, it is easy to silence 5 or 10 or 20 or even 100 people. But that ain’t the case with a whopping 800!
Most of us would like to believe that it was not pressure and infact genuine concern for your employees that made you take them all back and in the future if you decide to let them go again, which by the way is very well within the company’s right, atleast treat them with some basic amount of respect…
Yours truly.

2 comments:

Panda said...

gr8 start naina.. too cool.. my opinion on this entire episode is that they arm-twisted the govt.. a company like jet is expanding its operations by the day.. they wud never layoff employees even in smaller margins.. it was a great corporate tactic.. i feel.. a true businessman...since govt was nt paying attention to their issues and only thinking abt oil companies.. they laid off these employees to just show govt tht they are in bad phase and if nt bailed out thru subsidies they will drive out 1100 more.. the next day praful patel announced that they will work out a bail out package, get oil subsidies and all... the tie-up and all these are stunts.. why do you think it all happ after their tie-up.. it was just a way tht they both together arm-twisted / bullied the govt.. they can and will never work together in my opinion as they are two diff idealogies...flamboyance vis-a-vis proffesionalism...but too good..way to go...

Naina Shetty said...

hmmm...possibly. though the issue has created too much negative publicity for them to play such a big gamble to get the govt's attention...it all seems really twisted...but then again when it comes to the govt and the brains of Mr. Mallya, it could just as well be true...
about the tie-up being a stunt, with corporate travelers also looking at low cost airlines to make air travel more cost effective,...maybe this is the only way to survive for the moment though as correctly pointed out, the ideologies definitely dont match.....