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Govt blinks, airport strike called off

March 13, 2008
Airport employees in India, who were on a strike since Tuesday midnight, protesting against the proposed closure of the old airports of Hyderabad and Bangalore, called off their strike on Thursday evening.

The strike was called off after a meeting with the civil aviation ministry. The meeting is still on.

Soon after the Bangalore International Airport was inaugurated, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had said the old airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad would be used only for emergency and defence purposes.

The government has backed off and assured the employees that the old airports would be used for general aviation.

Airports Authority of India's deputy director M Kaul said that he had also been informed by CITU leaders that the non-cooperation had been withdrawn. "Everything will be normal by midnight tonight (Thursday)," he said.

Earlier video on the airport employees' strike. | Text: PTI | Video: ANI
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