Friday, July 03, 2020

Airport casual workers to continue strike

Thiruvananthapuram: The confederation of Trivandrum Airport casual workers trade unions has decided to continue the token strike at the airport which began on Wednesday against the layoff of ground handling staff by Air India SATS.
The casual labourers under the trade unions are staging protests at the airport. The agitators alleged that termination notices were issued to around 100 staff during lockdown ignoring their proposal for salary cuts.
“The region labour commissioner had called for a mediation meeting. Though all representatives of the trade union attended it, no representative from the airport or AISATS came for the meeting. We had called for a two-day token strike and now, we have decided to continue the strike. More than hundred employees are participating in the strike,” said Vinod Yeshudas, working president of Trivandrum Airport Contract Labourers Union.
The trade union members claimed that their strike affected the functioning of the airport.
“We were informed that cargo operations were hit due to unavailability of employees. The members of all trade unions, CITU, INTUC and BMS are jointly participating in the strike. The company has over 900 staff at the airport, which includes 200 managerial staff. We had requested them not to terminate the staff during the lockdown and that we are ready to take a salary cut. They terminated senior staff with nine years of experience, while retaining newly-recruited staff,” said P Rajendradas, general secretary, Trivandrum International and Domestic Airport Contract Workers Union (CITU).
Rajendradas added that they could have cut down on expenses, if they had accepted their proposal instead of terminating the staff.
03/07/20 Times of India
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