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Protesting workers demand reinstatement

Published Mar 21, 2017 07:38am

PESHAWAR: Hundreds of sacked workers of various industrial units on Monday held a demonstration outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly to demand their reinstatement.

The protest was organised by Mazdoor Kisan Party. The protesters marched from the Peshawar Press Club to the assembly building where they organised a sit-in. The demonstration caused suspension of vehicular traffic on different roads.

The rally was led by Mazdoor Kisan Party secretary information Shakeel Waheedullah Khan, Mehnat Kash Labour Federation president Abrarullah, Pakistan Railways Workers Union president Ashfaq Bacha, Mazdoor Alliance chairman Engr Mir Alam Khan and National Labour Federation president Tila Mohammad Khan.

Condemning the sacking of workers, the speakers said 325 registered employees of various industrial units had been terminated at different times without any reason.

On the occasion, several resolutions were adopted pertaining to demands for reinstatement of the sacked workers, award of promotions to workers, incentives, appointment of siblings of employees and protection to their constitutional rights.

The participants of the protest shouted slogans for acceptance of their demands and condemned the officials of provincial labour department for failure to fulfill their responsibilities.

“We had decided to continue the sit-in for an indefinite period until the workers were reinstated, but the protesters dispersed peacefully on assurance of the provincial government that their demands would be resolved at the earliest,” said Waheedullah Khan said.

Published in Dawn, March 21st, 2017