Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The rest in unrest: unions time strikes to welcome weekend

New Delhi: Employees at the Airports Authority of India seem to know how to mix agitation with long, leisurely weekends.
Few will recall that their four-day strike earlier this year against the modernization of Mumbai and Delhi airports was called off on a Friday evening. You could dismiss that as a coincidence but look at the timing of the 36-hour strike called by AAI this month—once again on the same issue.
Starting from 7 am on Thursday, August 17, the strike will end on Friday (yet again), exactly in time for the weekend. Moreover, the two days prior to the strike are national holidays August 15 and 16 (Independence Day and Janmashtami). In fact, if some AAI employees also take a casual leave on Monday, August 14, they could have a cool nine days off.
AAI unions may be the most ingenious but are certainly not the only ones.
08/08/06 Vikas Dhoot/Indian Express
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