Chennai: A large number of temporary workers, contracted to the private company handling operations at the International Air Cargo Complex of Chennai Airport, launched an indefinite protest on Wednesday.
The protest was in support of their demands, including a hike in wages, permanency, basic medical and canteen facilities, among others.
The workers are members of an employees union affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress and are working for Bhadra International India Limited. They said the failure of their company as well as the State and Central government agencies, including the labour departments and Airports Authority of India, to address their grievances forced them to protest and abstain from work.
The workers said they were hired by the company when it took over operations in 2010 and there were several hundred workers in six broad categories – handyman (loaders), fork lift driver, superviser, shift in-charge, shed in-charge and house-keeping staff.
10/01/13 The Hindu