People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 19, 2006
Against Unilateral Decision On Airports Privatisation
is the text of the letter addressed to the prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, by
the CPI(M) general secretary, Prakash Karat, on the issue of airports
privatisation on March 13, 2006
you are aware, the agitation of employees of the Airports Authority of India
(AAI) led by AAI Joint Forum against privatisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports
was withdrawn on February 4, 2006
in response to your appeal and on an explicit assurance from the minister of
civil aviation to form a Tripartite Committee comprising representatives of the
ministry of civil aviation, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Joint
Employees Forum. I understand that in his letter of assurance dated February 4,
2006, the minister had clearly spelt out that the committee would “look into
the issues and proposals of modernising airports by the AAI and employee related
am sure, you will appreciate that the above issues should be clinched in the
Tripartite Forum “to assuage the feeling of the employees”,
as stated in the aforesaid letter by the minister of civil aviation. This will also be in line with
the Common Minimum Programme mandate of “no confrontation in labour-management
relations but consultation, cooperation and consensus”.
Unfortunately, no meeting of the Tripartite
Committee has been held so far though the committee has been asked to give its
report in three months. I,
therefore, strongly feel that the decision of the government to handover Delhi
and Mumbai airports to private parties should be
kept in abeyance till the report of the Tripartite Committee is finalised.
Keeping in view the strong opposition of the employees, as the major stakeholder
of AAI, the government should not take a unilateral decision on change of
management which can adversely affect industrial relations.
hope you will act in the matter.