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LDF joins protest against airport privatization

In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has launched “an indefinite protest against the move to privatize the Trivandrum International Airport” on “the closing day of the submission of bids to select private players for the operations, management and development of the airport. Trivandrum international airport is among the six airports, proposed to be given on lease by the central government on private-public partnership model (PPP) model. The protest conducted at the domestic terminal of the airport was inaugurated by LDF state convener A Vijayaraghavan.”The central government, “having failed repeatedly to partially privatise the Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports, with sweetening of conditions proving inadequate for investment,” has “changed tack and opted for the public private partnership (PPP) model to redevelop the Ahmedabad, Jaipur and four other airports.” Brookfield and Macquarie are among the global investors eyeing Indian airports.

Source: The Times of India

Low paid workers at Luton airport have taken industrial action

Low paid workers at Luton airport have taken industrial action against Sasse, their private employers. “The workers who are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for staff and passengers at Luton Airport are currently struggling to make ends meet on the minimum wage of £7.83. Sasse, which was awarded the contract by Luton Airport in April this year, has offered a three year pay deal to increase workers’ pay, but by 2021 workers will still be earning below the real Living Wage of £9.00. Unite members employed by Clece Care Services have suspended their planned strike action while the workers vote on a revised offer from the company. Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Bosses at Luton Airport are behaving like Scrooge. By 2021 cleaners at Luton Airport still won’t be earning a Real Living Wage. With healthy profits and growing passenger numbers, Luton Airport and its contractors have no excuse for paying workers below the Real Living Wage.”

Source: unitetheunion.org

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