(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 27, 2013
CITU Extends Support to Airport Employees
Struggle against Privatisation of Airports
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) secretariat has issued the following statement on October 24:
THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions extends total support to the ongoing united struggle by the employees of Airport Authority of India against the retrograde move of the government to hand over 20 major airports of the country to private players on a revenue sharing basis.
The Joint Forum of
Unions and Associations of
AAI comprising all the unions of AAI employees have been
struggle. They have successfully resisted the inspection of
airports by the
team of private players at Chennai and
The Government of India has planned to privatise 20 major revenue earning airports of the country through the so-called PPP route viz. the airports at Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Guwahati, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Trichy, Varanasi, Indore, Amritsar, Udaipur, Gaya, Raipur, Bhopal, Agartala, Imphal, Mangalore and Vadodara on a revenue sharing basis. Most of these airports have already been modernised and expanded with huge investment from the State owned AAI’s exchequer, to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore plus and now these readymade renovated airports are being sought to be handed over to private control, free of cost on a revenue sharing basis. Can there be anything more scandalous than this ?
The CITU condemns such retrograde move of handing over huge public property to private hands free of cost to facilitate windfall gain by private operators without making any investment whatsoever and likes to remind that theses public properties belong to the nation and not the council of ministers of the UPA government.
The CITU calls upon the working people of the country and the trade union movement in particular to unitedly oppose such disastrous move of privatisation of airports and extend all support and solidarity to the united struggle of the AAI employees in defence of country’s airport infrastructure.