The 160 personnel employed in Thiruvananthapuram International Airport by the ground handling agency, Bhadra International India Pvt. Ltd., are in dire straits as they have been terminated following the decision to wind up operations.
The firm, one of the two engaged in ground handling operations at the airport, had not settled the pending salaries, allowances, including gratuity and bonus from April 2019, and leave encashment of the staff. The management had also not paid the monthly contribution towards the EPF and ESI. The employees had been working on slashed salaries from March 2020 following the ban imposed in the country on commercial flights due to the pandemic-induced lockdown.
With no signs of settling the dues despite a suit filed before the Regional Labour Commissioner, the Confederation of Trivandrum Airport Workers Trade Union, an umbrella organisation of INTUC, CITU and BMS unions, have come out to support the cause of the 160 employees and to get the dues.
The union organised a dharna in front of the airport on Tuesday demanding steps to settle the dues of employees who have been left in the lurch.