Friday, June 04, 2021

SpiceJet workers fear job loss, protest at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: SpiceJet ground staff had a run in with the airline management at the Mumbai airport on Thursday night over fears of job loss. The ruckus began after the airline "uncharacteristically" asked 64 workers to surrender their airport entry pass at the end of their shift.

A video clip shot by a Spicejet worker shows ground staff waiting inside the terminal 2 of Mumbai airport. "We have been detained at the airport for over 12 hours now. Our duty hours are over, but they aren't letting us leave the premises. They wanted us to surrender our airport entry passes, but we have decided not to," says the worker in the video. The workers were at the airport from about 2 pm to 1 am the next day. "There are no buses, trains now at this hour. How will we reach home. Some of us live in far off places like Ambernath. If we meet with an accident with thr Spicejet duty manager take responsibility?," said an employee in another clip.

A Spicejet spokesperson said: "No ground staff has been removed from service. Anything being said to this effect is an attempt to mislead and misinform the media, is wrong and is denied. As per government directive, airport staff has to submit their Aerodrome Entry Permit (AEP) after the end of their duty shift. Some staff objected to this in Mumbai last evening. However, they were told that no relaxation whatsoever would be given and rules have to be adhered to".

04/06/21 Times of India

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