PIA’s retired employees who had through their untiring efforts made PIA one of the best airlines of the world in the past are now facing financial difficulties after their retirement because of the meagre amount of their monthly pension, which is insufficient to pay even a monthly utility bill of their house.
The various delegations of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) met various chairmen/managing directors of PIA from time to time, requesting them to raise adequately the PIA pension amount which would be not burden on PIA because pension would be made from the PIA Pension Trust Fund, separately. It is unfortunate that no chairman/managing director has fulfilled his promise to resolve the problem of retired PIA employees.
The main issues of PIA’s retired employees include a substantial increase in pensions, payment of group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50pc commuted amount of pensions to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement in addition to ensuring the minimum pension already fixed by the government.
On behalf of PIA retired employees, I once again appeal to the PIA chairman/managing director to increase the pension of retired employees sufficiently and take personal interest to resolve their other genuine problems also.
Mohammad Khan Sial
Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2015