18 trade unions and political group reject to
privatization of PTCL
Workers assured full
support for October 5th demo in Lahore
A Pakistan Telecommunication Workers Solidarity
Multi Party conference was held at Ambassador hotel
in Lahore on 27th of September 2011 organised by
Labour Education Foundation, Labour Party Pakistan
and National Trade Union Federation.
18 different social organizations, trade unions,
parties and media groups participated, they are
Labour Education Foundation, National Trade Union
Federation, Pakistan Workers Federation, PTCL
Workers Dost Union, Awami Party, PML Q, Pakistan
Bhatta Mazdoor Union, Punjab Union of Journalists,
Lahore Gymkhana Club Union, Labour Union PTCL,
PTEU(CBA),Pakistan Trade Unions Defence Campaign,
Pakistan Trade Uion Federation, Labour Party
Pakistan, Rustam Sohrab Motor Cycle and Cycle
Workers union, Railway Workers Union and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Khursheid Ahmed, general
secretary Pakistan Workers Confederation opposed the
privatization. He said
that privatization is the mother of unemployment.
The example of the privatization of PTCL is has
exposed the real nature of privatisation and it was
sold by the Government very cheaply to foreign
company Etisalat. There were 72,000 employees in
PTCL when it was sold. Now there are only 26,000.
This is not in favour of workers or the masses.
Farooq Tariq spokesperson Labour Party Pakistan said
that it was the commitment of Etsalat at the time of
purchasing not to drop out any worker from the job.
But now with over 46000 kicked out, most of the
trade union leaders were sacked from job and they
are unemployed for 15 months. The trade union
leaders demanded increment in their salaries.
The ovens of their houses have closed; children were
having education because they cannot pay dues.
Management is using such meanness tools to threaten
workers and electric meters of their houses have
been taken off.
Farooq Tariq said that Etsalat is not paying
million dolors from full payment of PTCL. The
management is showing low profit. It only because
the company has to pay the 74 percent share to
Speakers included Malik Maqbool Ahmed, Hamad-Ul-
Qureshi, Adam Pal, Hassan Mohammad Rana, Syed Niaz
Kazmi, Niaz Khan, Ayaz Safdar Sindhu, Moeen Nawaz
Punnoo, Ghulam Sabir Butt, Anjam Riaz said that
there is no time for silence silence. Unity is the
need of hour. They agreed to support the call by the
trade unions of PTCL to have a demonstration in
front of headquarters on PTCL on 15th October.
The head quarter of PTCL will be surrounded in
Lahore at 5th of
October. Hunger strike will be organized at
Islamabad on 12th of
The Multi Party conference laid dawn a case against
privatisation and demanded the renationalisation of
PTCL, reinstatement of all the workers, full payment
to all those who are receiving half of the wages,
Pension increase according to government
notification, permanent jobs for contract workers,
The conference demanded that government should kick
out Eitesalat and should not wait for the remaining
payment of the company.
Report by Jalvat Ali
Labour Education Foundation