20th day PTCL Workers Strike : More Arrested – Arrested Leaders and workers shifted to Adyala Jail Rawalpindi – Protests and Strike continue through out Pakistan with new enthusiasm – Lala Hanif Joined protest in Islamabad:
On the week end (Saturday, 4 September, 2010) workers continue their struggle. They took out rallies. Police tortured and arrested them in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Unions Leaders and workers Malik Maqbool Hussain, Ammad ul Hassan Qureshi Hassan Muhammad Rana, who were arrested on last day shifted to Adyala Jail Rawalpindi using terrorist act.
Islamabad capital police on Saturday September 4, 2010, arrested four PTCL workers under the Anti-Terrorist Act for allegedly attacking a police mobile during a protest.
The Kohsar police arrested four PTCL workers, including Hamid Mehmood, Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Khaliq Butt and another unknown employee, near the Islamabad Press Club when they assembled to stage a protest.
Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, Aamir Ali, said the PTCL workers were arrested on account of trouble-making and attacking the police mobile with gunshots the other day. He said under the Anti-Terrorist Act, cases were registered against the detained PTCL workers at the Shalimar Police Station.
It may be pertinent to mention here that the PTCL employees are demanding a pay raise by 50% of their current basic salaries as per the government’s notification, medical allowance, Eid reward and promotions for all. In this regard, the PTCL employees union launched a campaign a few days ago, which resulted in the arrest of a large number of participants.—PPI
APP adds: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on IT and Telecom Senator Muhammad Idrees Khan Safi, meanwhile, strongly criticised the use of police force against the PTCL workers who had launched a peaceful protest against its management for not giving them the promised raise in salaries.
The chairman was of the opinion that the PTCL management, under the privatisation agreement with the Government of Pakistan, was bound to protect the rights of all PTCL employees, however, it had been observed that workers were being victimised either in the name of right sizing or so-called performance-based promotions.
He observed that the Eitasalat owned only 26 percent shares of the company while 74 percent of the shares were with the Government of Pakistan, He said that it was the responsibility of the present elected government to intervene and protect the workers’ right.
PTCL Workers Strike NEWS : Abbotabad, Gujjar Khan, Mengora Swat, Barikot, Tamargarah, Thana, Rabat, Sakhakot, Malakand
All Pakistan PTCL Workers Itehad, Gujar Khan, took out a protest rally in the city, demanding benefits and salary increase announced by the government in the current budget. The rally came out from PTCL exchange, marched along the Grand Trunk Road and ended at Potohar Press Club.
The PTCL employees demanded 50 per cent increase in their salaries on existing pay scale instead of basic pay scale, promotion on completion of 12-year service and increasing Eid bonus to Rs20,000.