PTCL United Workers Alliance rejects Etisalat unemployment plan Company
plan to kick out 16000 more workers, Nationalise PTCL, United Alliance
demands at a press conference in Lahore:
Today on 31st July, leaders of six different trade unions
speaking jointly at a press conference rejected the recently announced
“voluntary separation scheme” (VSS) by Etisalat and termed it as a plan
to kick 16000 more workers out of PTCL. The press conference was held at
Lahore Press Club and was attended scores of journalists.
Hasan Rana secretary general Pak Telecom Employees Union (CBA), Hafiz
Lutaf Ullah, chief patron Pak Telecom Lines Staff Union, Ammad Ulhasan
Qureshi secretary general Pak Telecom Labour Union, Tariq Gondal
chairman Pak Telecom company line staff union, Malik Habib Ur Rehamn
secretary general Pak Telecome Mazdoor Dost Union, Ghulan Sabir Butt
chairman Pak telecom workers Union speaking jointly at the press
conference told the press that there were 66000 workers in Pakistan
Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) when it was privatized in 2005.
40,000 workers lost their job in 2008 and now the PTCL management wants
to kick another 16000 out of job. If succeeded, the PTCL will be reduced
to an institution employing less than 10,000 workers.
The telecommunication workers leaders said that this hurriedly planned
VSS is because the Etisalat has to pay at least 6 Billion Rupees to the
workers as a result of some of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High
court decisions in favor of the workers. Under the announced VSS, a
workers offered this scheme will get a minimum of 850,000 Rupees ($
9040), however, under such a scheme, a workers should get 3,700,000
Rupees ($v 39,360). They said that the company is fiddling with the
figures. They also said that this scheme if very discriminatory as it is
offered to only 16000 workers instead of all 26000 workers.
They said that the scheme is mainly mean for the manual workers that
mean poor of the poorest. It is aiming at the lowest paid workers. The
labour leaders rejected this scheme and announced a movement to stop
this anti workers scheme. They appealed to the PTCL workers not to opt
for the scheme.
They demanded the renationalization of PTCL and said that the
privaisation of this important institution of the state has been a bad
dream for all the workers and people of Pakistan. The privatization of
the PTCL has not improved the quality of the services however; it has
increased a price of all the services provided to the people of
Pakistan. The Etisalat has not even paid the amount of the sale of PTCL
and it is still to pay at least 800 million dollars out of 2.05 billion
dollars. The comapny is blackmailing the government of Pakistan to hand
over all the assets of the company while they only hold 26 percent of
the total shares of PTCL.
The press conference was the beginning of the campaign to stop the VSS,
the labour leaders announced of holding public meetings and blockade of
the company after Ramazan.