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Airport employees threaten strike

The demands included pension, social security schemes, filling up of vacant posts and revision of allowances.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 18:33 IST

Unrest is again brewing among airport employees with the unions warning of strike if urgent steps were not taken to meet their "long-pending" demands.

The umbrella body of the four Airports Authority of India unions, AAI Employees Joint Forum, has written to Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel seeking his intervention in getting the AAI management to implement the demands.

The most pressing demands included pension and some social security schemes, restructuring of various cadres, filling up of vacant posts and revision of allowances.

"Before our patience goes out, we would request you to kindly take necessary corrective actions or else we may be driven to the brink of another industrial unrest for which the total responsibility shall not rest on us alone", the Forum warned.

Leaders of the Forum, which had struck work for four days in February, also alleged that there was no "transparency" in the privatisation process for Delhi and Mumbai airports.

"The developments in the privatisation process were completed in a fast manner that it required midnight transfer of power at Delhi and Mumbai airports to the private entities.

"The OMDA (Operation, Maintenance and Development Agreement), which was executed with the private parties, was kept a closely guarded secret and was not even shared with the Joint Forum," the letter said.