Mumbai airport left stinking as 1,900 housekeeping workers go on 18-hour strike



Mumbai: More than 1,900 housekeeping workers at the airport went on an 18-hour flash-strike from last night, demanding increase in wages, which impacted passenger amenities at both the domestic and international terminals.

Plight of Mumbai airport. #swatchbharat #digitalindia courtesy passenger rakesh mishra
Plight of Mumbai airport. #swatchbharat #digitalindia courtesy passenger rakesh mishra

Over 1,900 workers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) started the strike from 2000 hrs last evening and resumed duties at 1400 hrs today, one of the union members said today.

“They have not increased our payments for the last eight years in spite of repeated pleas from our side to do so,” said an employee, who is affiliated to the Shiv Sena’s union wing Bhartiya Kamgar Sena.

The airport spokesman confirmed that there was a strike but declined details.

The GVK-run MIAL has outsourced the housekeeping work to a city-based company called Krystal Integrated Services, which employs these 1,900 workers. Out of these around 1,000 are in the international terminal while the rest are at the domestic terminal.

Another employee said there have been paltry salary hike which are not in line with inflation. Salaries have been increased by Rs 200-300 in the past, taking total to Rs 8,500 a month which is very inadequate. More info