LWMC employs on senior posts that disturb workers
LAHORE: The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) decision to recruit new senior slots has caused panic and depression among existing employees who have spent years with the company and are now awaiting promotion to the next level.
Recently, a number of promotion cases, especially officers who had worked in higher seats with additional fees, were sent to the LWMC Managing Director but instead of promoting officers he decided to find new employees for senior slots in the company.
Sources at LWMC claim that section 8.6 of the LWMC HR manual clearly illustrates that in such a situation the position will be advertised internally first but here this clause is violated and no internal advertisement is carried out. Sources claim that the LWMC HR Manual is stated in section 4.1.4 C clause II that when providing official requirements for employment there is no discrimination to do but in the case of recent advertisements, LWMC management commits some discrimination such as the GM Operations position advertised on July 22 2016 and again on November 29, 2017 with any experience while in the latest advertisement the post qualification experience requirement is made for 10 years.
The second discrimination was that the Sr. TPA Manager position was advertised on August 25, 2016 which required eight years of relevant experience, but in the latest advertisement, the experience was increased to 10 years as a post qualification. Once again in the position of Sr. Manager Ops, the previous ad released in January 2015, the experience required was 6-8 years but in new advertisements this experience increased to 10 years. Sources said because of the increased post-qualification experience of various jobs in new advertisements, some employees who met the previous criteria were not eligible.
Several senior LWMC officials about anonymity spoke with the clerk and expressed extreme objections. One of them said that the LWMC has not given rise to its employees for the past three years and now they will look for new employees. He said when the company does not fulfill the rights of current employees, how can it ensure the rights of future employees. Another official said the company would employ more than 3,500 sanitation workers. The basic idea behind this recruitment is to take out sanitation workers who will be released by the contractor when they will leave the city but the age limit in advertising is set at 45 years while around 40% of the current workers are the main target for seats over 45 years. In this way, thousands of sanitation workers will lose their jobs because the company has not officially announced age relaxation for current employees, he added.
Another official said that the LWMC claimed in the advertisement that it was a company with equal opportunities but in the current closing situation most applicants were unable to come for a walk in the interview or to apply online because of the unavailability of the internet for several reasons. He said that companies must extend interviews / apply for online dates until the Covid-19 pandemic ends or is reduced.
Another official said that there were officers in the LWMC who applied for seats under new advertisements but that they had been waiting for audit objections and questioned whether it was right to open a new account before closing the previous account with audit objections?
He said the LWMC promotion policy under section 22.214.171.124 said that if an employee was in a temporary role for six months then the case had to be submitted to the talent and promotion committee to promote the individual in that role but this had not been done. and a new ad is created. In this way, company management violates its own policies and manuals.
LWMC Chairman Riaz Hameed when speaking with the clerk on this issue said that according to government regulations and promotion to the next seat is not the right of contract employees. He said the ad gave equal opportunities to insiders and outsiders to register and those who met the criteria would get the position.
Answering a question about age relaxation for sanitation workers, he said all who worked at LWMC and aged over 45 years would be considered in the new advertisement. He said the company would not reject sanitation workers for this reason.
Speaking of violations of internal rules, policies and manuals, he said that the LWMC would employ professional staff under a very transparent system and no internal policies or manuals would be violated. He concluded that he became aware of the applicants’ reservations in the current situation so the company had delayed the entire recruitment process until the locking was over.