Hey! What about loo maintenance workers in airports?

By Mayuri Bhattacharjee

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Public toilets in India are most often yucks, except for the ones in high-end malls and airports maintained by private organisations such as GMR and GVK. Recently, during a transit in the wee hours of the morning I had to attend one of calls of nature at the Mumbai airport. The bathroom was swanky and clean. What a relief! A female maintenance worker was leaning beside the wash stand and looked pretty fatigued. I asked her if she had a place to sit or a separate cubicle. She said NO. She either moves around or leans against the bathroom wall whenever she needs a break.

Isn’t that a violation of labour laws? A simple sitting arrangement in the spacious washroom would be good way to start.