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Thousands of Indian airport workers went on a three-day strike Jan. 31 after the government-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) announced it would lease the country’s two largest airports to private construction firms and their foreign partners.

A third company, Reliance Airport Developer, announced it would sue the AAI for awarding one of the contracts illegally.

Airports in Mumbai, New Delhi and Calcutta were affected by the strike. As many as 23,000 workers at the country’s largest airports will be affected by IAA’s decision.

More than 90 per cent of workers in Mumbai responded to their union’s call for job action. Workers there are represented by the AAI Employees Union All India.

(With files from BBC, Agence France Press, and Reuters)