Thursday, October 11, 2018

CAPL row, two years on: Staff stage indefinite strike outside airport, demand pending salaries

Mumbai: Two years after 1,800 employees of Cambata Aviation Private Limited (CAPL) were rendered jobless as the company folded its operations in India, almost 900-1,000 employees on Wednesday staged an indefinite strike near Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). The employees demanded payment of salaries to the tune of Rs 600 crore from the aviation firm.

In August 2016, the company’s chief operating officer, A P Casserly, had written to the employees not to report to work, after it lost all the airline ground handling contracts to its rival, Celebi and and Bird Worldwide Flight Service (BWFS). Later, the workers were denied entry inside the airside premise by security forces on the “orders from the management”.

“While the company shut its operations in August 2016, our salaries since February that year are pending. Payments for the time we worked, over time, leave encashments, gratuity, leave travel allowance, bonuses, ex gratia remain to be paid. Many of our colleagues have faced personal difficulties in life due to the issue. We demand speedy settlement of our claims,” said Vishal Khatedar, who worked for Cambata.
11/10/18 Indian Express