LAHORE: Hundreds of workers from the electricity distribution company and Wapda celebrated Protest Day on Monday.
They held meetings across the country under the auspices of the CBA Pakistan Wapda Hydropower Union, demanding electricity management to ensure safe working conditions for line staff who meet with fatal accidents due to unsafe working conditions and serious staff shortages. Three line staff members suffered fatal accidents due to electric shock within two days at the KPK, Lahore and Sukkur.
This Ramazan workers do not get special benefits (one month salary) as in previous years on the eve of Eid. They demanded from the electricity and management of the Wapda to provide special benefits to the workers as it became practice. Electric workers do the most dangerous work. They provide electricity to more than 25 million consumers throughout the country.
These meetings were held in various major cities including Lahore, Quetta, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. Workers gathered in large numbers in front of the Lahore Press Club, carrying national flags to support their demands.
Khurshid Ahmad, Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed the rally paying homage to national heroes who sacrificed their lives during the implementation of the most dangerous work, ensuring the provision of electricity to the community. He urged workers to maintain unity in their ranks and records and comply with safety regulations at work.
He assured them that the union would continue to strive to improve the living and working conditions of the workers. It has accepted demands for an increase in the scale of their salaries, increased hazard benefits, marriage grants for their children and other special benefits, bringing in 9,500 workers on a regular basis.
The demonstration was also overcome by Haji Muhammad Younas, Osama Tariq, Nosher Khan, Rana Shakoor, Muzaffar Mateen, Naveed Dogar, Ch. Muhammad Akram, Malik Zahoor and other union representatives. On this occasion, the house demanded the federal and provincial governments to increase workers’ wages by at least 30 percent, examine rising prices of important commodities and ensure safe working conditions for all industrial, commercial and media workers.
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