Sunday, February 05, 2006

Airport workers call off strike — Tripartite panel to look into issues

New Delhi: The four-day old agitation by employees of the Airports Authority of India opposed to the Government's modernisation plan for Delhi and Mumbai airports was called off this afternoon.
"In view of the request made by the Prime Minister yesterday and the written communication received from the Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, today the agitation is being withdrawn. We will return to work immediately," the Convenor of the AAI Joint Workers Forum, Mr M.K. Ghoshal, said. The Forum was spearheading the agitation.
The communication from Mr Patel states that the Government will set up a tripartite committee to look into a variety of issues, including the proposals for modernising other airports by AAI. The letter adds that the Committee, which will have representation from the Ministry for Civil Aviation, AAI and Joint Forum, will also look into issues of job security. In addition, the communication makes it clear that there would be no victimisation of any employee because of
their participation in the agitation.
The Hindu
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