The biggest news these days is the strike by the airport employees. The problem with both sides in this incident is that everyone is agitated based on mistaken hypotheses.
Let’s first consider the common man, who hates the airport employees for going on strike. He believes that Indian airports will become world class once these pampered employees are put on a leash. Having traveled through quite a few airports around the world, my limited experience suggests that this perception may be wrong. I feel that Indian airports are the most efficient; our airport staff are the most friendly; security and immigration procedures are very efficient, and the airports are also the safest with no terrorist linked incident having originated from any Indian airport. While American and British airports have needlessly cumbersome and suspicious procedures, the East Asian airports only offer a cold commercial experience; and I won’t even consider Charles D’Gaulle as an airport. Most of us who have been to
Consider the other side- the airport employees. PSU employees dread privatization. They believe privatization leads to loss of jobs, pension, perks, prestige and extended working hours. A few years back, I had the opportunity to work as a consultant with a PSU undergoing privatization. The employees there had termed the monthly KRA meetings (meetings to identifying Key Responsibility Areas) as “Kyu Rakhe Aapko” meetings – such was the dread. But I think layoffs in private sector in
Let’s see when this issue dies away. Even when it is resolved, don’t expect any useful changes.