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Sacked PTCL Employees protest camp for one week at GPO Lahore for reinstatement : Daily DAWN

Sacked PTCL Employees protest camp at GPO Lahore for reinstatement : Daily DAWN Dated 11-8-2011
LAHORE (August 10, 2011) : Dozens of sacked PTCL employees have been holding a protest camp at General Post Office Chowk for the last one week or so, urging the authorities concerned to intervene and get them reinstated.
As many as 83 employees were dismissed from service last year for, what they say, “taking part in demonstrations for a pay raise”.
“Over 1,000 employees facing suspension and departmental inquiries are also not being given full salary,” Rana Hasan, a terminated employee, said while talking to Dawn on Wednesday.
He said that 313 employees were dismissed from service last year, but 230 of them had been reinstated because they had some “political connections”.
Hafiz Nasrullah, a lineman, said they had approached every forum but to no avail. He said since he lost job last year, he had been leading life miserably. “Even at times, I had thought about committing suicide,” he said and urged the superior judiciary and the government to intervene.
Ijaz Ali Bajwa and Sarfraz Khan said they were given a `big punishment` for only demanding a 50 per cent raise. “Neighbours arrange Iftar for my family members. I have sold gold and other valuables during the last one year. The PTCL management should review our case and reinstate us to save us from starvation,” Sarfraz said.
Rana Hasan said the government should not only press the PTCL into reinstating the terminated employees but also giving 12 per cent shares of the company to all employees on the pattern of other public organisations.
A senior PTCL official, requesting anonymity, told Dawn the company did not reinstate those employees who were involved in violence during the protest demonstrations. Besides, he said, those employees whose 50 per cent salaries had been withheld were facing departmental inquiries.
“As far as pay raise is concerned, the PTCL has its own pay scales and gives increments and bonuses accordingly,” he said.
Various trade unions have joined the protest camp to express solidarity with the sacked employees. “We are mobilising trade unions to press the government to help reinstate the PTCL employees,” Labour Party Pakistan spokesman Farooq Tariq said and added that peaceful campaign would continue till the acceptance of their “just” demands.
He said the chairman of the standing committee on human rights had taken notice of the matter and sought a written explanation from the company.

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3 comments


  1. Aslam o alikum Ap dosto say gozarish hai keh officaro ke chamcho ko kabi apna sarbara nahi choney anehin ki badolat say etisalat na hamin govt ka pay deta hai na ptcl copany ka pay deta hai .workaro key haq maghney waley an key waja say kabi jail jatey hain ya nokarey say farigh kar dehy jatey hain. Inshallah faisala haq ka hoga is megahi key dur main kesi nokarey nekal


  2. i agree with mr saeed.etisalat should work in pakistan just like a good company .etisalat is working in pakistan just like a shopkeeper and it,s works just like appresals and cutting pays of employees are not good.


  3. etisalat company which has been occupied ptcl does not fear from gov,t of pakistan.because gov,t of pakistan is just like a bitch.which has 74% shares of ptcl .but he gave full ptcl and its buildings to etisalat.because etisalat gave bribe to all managment of pakistani gov,t.we hat ppp.etisalat does not increase pensions of pensioners.not inctreased pay of employees.etisalat thinks gov,t of pakistan and it,s politicions just like dogs ..

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