WAPDA employees stage protest

WAPDA employees stage protest


Staff Report

QUETTA: All Pakistan WAPDA Hydro Electric Workers Union Balochistan staged a protest in front of Quetta Press Club against privatization of WAPDA.
Speaking at the rally, the speakers said that the government had claimed to give jobs to millions of people by chanting slogans of change, but the ruling party has forgotten its promises and instead of providing employment, people are being deprived of double standard bread.
They said that the federal government wants to privatize the departments of IMF in this regard. He said that no measures have been taken for the welfare of the workers in other departments of the country including WAPDA but preparations are being made to make hundreds of people unemployed in the name of privatization of the workers due to which even today WAPDA employees head office.
They said others are deprived of allowances and no one listens to them. The quota has been banned for a long time which is causing them problems. He said most of the employees have lost their lives in various incidents while on duty.
To date, no relief money has been provided to them and their families have not been treated. The problems of the protesters should be addressed otherwise they will intensify their protest.
The workers union are asking the Prime Minister Imran Khan to intervene and reduce the prices of essential commodities including petrol and diesel and raise the wages and pension of the working class by at least 50% given that there has been no increase in their salaries for more than 1 ½ years causing economic and social suffering to the working class.
Workers further argue that those Discos and profitable national power houses like Guddu; Nandipur should not be privatized as they are providing good service to electricity consumers adding that the privatization of KE has failed.