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AAEU to begin all-India agitation against airport modernisation

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Jul 6 (UNI) The Airports Authority Employees Union have threatened to begin an "industrial action" from the first week of August in all airports if the Centre went ahead with its plan to privatise airports.

A resolution in this regard was adopted after the AAEU's two-day meeting of its central executive committee held at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here that ended today.

" We are not opposing modernisation of airports, we welcome it, " Mr M K Ghosal, all-India general-secretary, AAEU, told newsmen today.

" We want the modernisation to be carried out by the Airports Authority of India and strongly oppose participation by private parties. The AAI has the necessary financial resources, technical knowhow and manpower to carry out the modernisation job, " he added.

Morever, there was no justification in bringing in private parties when the AAI itself will carry out the modernisation work in 35 airports in the country, he felt.

The union also criticised the Centre for backing out on its commitment to keep the AAEU informed about its modernisation plans and suddenly stopping tripartite meetings. The AAI was also not filling up about 7,000 vacant posts, some very vital concerning safety and public service and not addressing employees' grievances relating to to promotion and pension.

The AAEU has 15,000 members.

The meeting was attended by 60 all-India leaders, including its all India president S R Santhanam.


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