Calcutta airport workers postpone strike

Sept. 26, 2004 at 9:42 AM

CALCUTTA, India, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- About 3,000 employees at India's Calcutta's a postponed a Monday strike for 45 days following talks with Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

In addition to the Calcutta airport employees, 20,000 other airport workers across India had been set to participate in the Monday strike.

A committee of workers and government representatives decided after a nearly five hour meeting in Mumbai Saturday to study the feasibility of an alternative plan of privatizing Delhi and Mumbai airports, reported the Calcutta Telegraph Sunday.

Also Saturday the Delhi High Court issued an order restraining the employees from going on strike or mass casual leave. Officials of the Indian Airports Authority Employees' Union said the union would challenge the order in court.

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