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.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.
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.