GoAir Employees Stage Protest Against Travel Planner

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SRINAGAR — Ground Handling Service Staff for ‘GoAir’ Tuesday staged a protest against ‘Trikuta Travel Plan­ner’ alleging that they are not being paid wages as prescribed by Minis­try of Labour Government of India.

The protesting staff alleged two of their colleagues were termi­nated after they raised the voice against Trikuta Travel Planner’ and ‘GoAir’. “Our colleagues were ac­cused of hatching a plan to hijack a GoAir flight. They suffered a lot of mental trauma,” the protesting staff that assembled in Press En­clave Srinagar said.

“We are total 36 employees. The Company used to pay us only Rs 8200 per month while under Ministry of Labour Government of India norms we are entitled for Rs 15000. When I filed a case in the Labour Court in Budgam, I was terminated from the service. The court verdict came in my favour and the company was forced to take me back,” said Rouf Ahmed.

The protesters said that Tri­kuta Travel Planner is exploit­ing the ground handling service staff. “We want wages should be given to us as per Labour norms and besides Shahnawaz Wani and Muhammad Amin Rather should be reinstated who have been ter­minated by the company. General Manager Trikuta Travel Planner Sarika Gupta while terming the allegations baseless said that some of the employees tendered their resignation due to personal reasons. “We are paying them wages as per the norms pre­scribed by Ministry of Labour. We initiated action only against those couple of employees who threat­ened us of dire consequences,” she said adding those employees who are protesting have already left the job. CNS

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