PTCL employees are on strike for almost a week now. They are protesting against Unified Pay Scale introduced by PTCL administration, despite of assurance through a notification from SEVP Finance, that administration is taking back Unified Pay Scale and agreeing on all other demands asked by PTCL employees.
However, employees carry on protests as they think this is a total drama instead of any serious attitude from PTCL administration. PTCL’s spokesman’s statment reflected this as well, as he showed ignorance over any such notification by SEVP Finance, reported Geo TV.
On other hands, all internet service providers in the country are struck in middle of no where. They are facing extensive pressure from their customers for new DSL installations and infected line rectifications.
Even faulty PTCL phone lines are lying dead and no one knows when they will be restored.
For more, read below the excerpt from Dawn, July 22, 2008
HYDERABAD, July 21: Workers of Pakistan Telecommunication Company continued their protest on Monday in many cities and towns of the province in protest against introduction of unified pay scale scheme by the company management.
The management has far not responded to their demand for withdrawal of unified pay scale (UPS), which the workers and CBA union leaders said was aimed at changing cadre of regular employees.
Workers in Hyderabad went to office but did not do work. They gathered on the main road outside the old Central Telegraph Office (CTO) compound and staged protest.
Central deputy chief organiser of Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Union (PTEU) CBA Shakeel Ahmed Khan, central joint secretary Shafi Mallah and central vice-chairman Ghaffar Sheikh said they would not budge from the principled stand.
They said that at the time of privatisation of PTCL the union was assured that the cadre of regular employees would not be changed and no regular employee would be sacked.
When Etesalat backed out of the deal the then Privatisation Commission Chairman Hafeez Sheikh went to Dubai and reportedly signed another agreement with the company whose contents had not been disclosed since then.
They said that PTCL management asked CBA leaders to first call off strike and then it would invite them to negotiations but the leaders stressed that first the management should invite them to talks and then they would call off strike after the demands had been accepted.
In Larkana, PTCL workers locked offices and phone exchanges and held a demonstration at the main gate of old phone exchange building.
Zulfikar Sangi, chairman of the union, and other labour leaders urged the PTCL bosses to take back the UPS and accept their charter of demands.
They threatened to jam telecommunications system, give call for a countrywide protest and encircle PTCL headquarters in Islamabad.
PTCL employees in Shahdadkot also observed strike.