3rd Day of Dharna (September 2, 2010) : Protest at Peshawar More Islamabad: News reports of Jang and TheNews & Pictures by: Shahzad
On 18th Day of PTCL Workers Strike and 3rd day of DHARNA, PTCL workers staged a sit-in at Peshawar Morr here on Thursday in favour of their demand for 50 percent raise in their salaries in line with the pay increase of the government employees.
While addressing the PTCL workers at the sit-in demonstration, the union leaders of the PTCL employees said that they had been left with no option but to announce huger strike from the next week as their demand for 50 percent raise in the salaries fell on the deaf ear of the management.
They said that the PTCL management was not paying heed to their demands rather it was resorting to cheap tactics to perturb the peaceful protest. Resultantly, they had no other choice but to go on a hunger strike. The union leaders warned that the PTCL management would solely be responsible for any awful circumstances.
During the protest, the traffic at Peshawar Morr, Kashmir Road and Ninth Avenue remained chaotic for more than two hours.
The PTCL workers have been protesting for the acceptance of their rightful demand for three days at PTCL headquarters. On Thursday, peaceful protestors were barred from entering the headquarters so the workers marched towards the Peshawar Morr where almost thousands of workers observed sit-in at 9th avenue chowk.
While addressing the workers, the union leaders Hammad ul Hassan Qureshi, Malik Maqbool Hussain, Rana Muhammad Hassan and others said that the PTCL management was on its worst for its employees. The same attitude of the PTCL management had also been noticed when they tried to baton-charge the peaceful protestors last year.
The union leaders said that it had been proved through the letter written by the advisor to PM Sardar Abdul Latif Khan Khosa that the PTCL workers were justified for their demands. The union leaders urged the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Information Technology and Privatization Commission not to back the foreign management of the PTCL and save the bread and butter of almost 26,000 workers’ families.