Workers Protest Privatization Plans

From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of airport workers backed by civil servants and state-run bank and insurance company employees held a one-day strike to protest government privatization plans.

The 12-hour strike of nearly 20,000 workers was focused mainly on India’s airports, where more than a third of the flights were canceled. Most strikers were from communist-led trade unions.

India plans to let private companies run the New Delhi and Bombay airports, the country’s busiest, on 30-year leases.