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Airport Strike – Impact across India over privatisation

Around 15,000 airport employees across India is on an indefinite strike from Wednesday, which it has described as “non-cooperation” against the government.

Workers including airport cleaners, baggage handlers, and ground staff at 129 state-run airports in India walked off in protest over plans to privatize two major airports — Hyderabad and Bangalore.

They are demanding that the government continue to run old airports in places where new ones are being built.

The call for the strike has come from the Airport Authority Employees Joint Forum.

The new airports have been built by private companies and under the agreement with the builders, the existing facilities have to be closed down before the new ones become operational.

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