AAI employees go on hunger strike

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Mumbai, Feb 12: Over 2,200 employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) went on a hunger strike today demanding action on their long-pending demands.

''After the privatisation of the Mumbai and Delhi airports, the Government wants to transfer us to other airports. We are totally against it, and want to remain here,'' Airport Authority Employees Union Assistant General Secretary Dilip Gujar, who is leading the hunger strike in the city, told UNI. Mr Gujar said the contract for the ground handling management at the airport was being given to private companies, despite the Government's assurance in the Parliament that the management would remain within the domain of government agencies.

''We also want other pending issues like Wage Revision of 2007, Family Pension Scheme, and filling up of vacant posts to be addressed by the Civil Aviation Ministry,'' the Union Leader said.

Mr Gujar also threatened that if the government did not respond to their demands, they will be left with no option but to go on regular relay strike from mid-night today.


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