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Mar 12, 2008 at 03:10pm IST

AAI employees' stir fails to take off

New Delhi: The go-slow by airport employees has not adversely affected services at most of the airports and flights have been largely on schedule.

Nearly 20,000 employees of the Airport Authority of India, involved in maintenance and handling baggage trolleys, are on a 'non-cooperation' drive from midnight. They are opposing the closure of existing airports in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The government has already pressed in emergency services and says it is prepared and has warned workers against going ahead with the strike.

Services at Delhi and Mumbai airports are not likely to be affected because they have been privatised. At Delhi's airport, the Essential Services Maintenance Act has been enforced.

There was no disruption of either domestic or international flights by the agitation at Chennai and Kolkata airports too.

Meanwhile, Pramod Kumar Sharma, branch secretary of AAI union in Delhi, has called their strike a non-cooperation movement.

"It is a non-cooperation movement and not a strike, in which we will come to work but will not work. We only want to show our disapproval to the government and want to show to the entire country how the government retracts on its promises," Sharma said.

The stir started after talks between the employees and the Civil Aviation Ministry failed to end the deadlock over the Airport Authority Employees Joint Forum's demand for withdrawal of government's decision to close existing airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad after new airports there become operational.

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