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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The airport mafia

Mid Day reports on a gang of thugs that has terrorised passengers and staff at Mumbai's international airport. The report says:
According to airport officials, these five trolley retrievers employed by a contractor, Travel Destination International (TDI), harass and fleece passengers and run an illegal union, through which they instigate co-workers to revolt against management.

Feared by airport officials, they have been booked in numerous cases of cheating, and ringleader Navin Patel has even been charged with assault. A court order prevents TDI from sacking them.
A TDI manager has been quoted as saying, "We cannot sack them because of a court order that says workers cannot be retrenched." So there's no accountability, and the mafia can do just what it wants.
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