PTCL Strike Still Hot and Active, Management Empties its Silo; Serves Public Termination Notice!

Ongoing PTCL strike has stretched around or over a month now is still on the rise, despite various resolution claims by PTCL management.

Earlier PTCL had claimed that strike is over. In a press release issued to media, PTCL had said that all employees are back to work while company is making arrangements to issue salaries and bonuses to employees before Eid.

However, in today’s Daily Jang, PTCL served a public notice to those employees who are still on strike and are planning not to resume their work till September 15th, 2010 will be considered terminated.

PTCL’s this notice clearly contradicts its own (one week old) press release, while it depicts the ground reality that company workers are still not contented with management’s deeds.

Moreover, above notice also serves as a confession by PTCL that it is bearing tons of loss while law enforcement agencies are unable to safe-guard its premises and fiber-optic network.

Following are other highlights of PTCL Strike:

  • August 16th: PTCL employees went on strike when management decided to raise salaries by 50 percent of basic salaries in 2008 instead of current basics, as announced by the Government of Pakistan.
  • PTCL employees locked down PTCL’s network country wide, with no operations at all.
  • 1218, 1217, other support departments, linemen, exchanges, corporate offices went down.
  • PTCL’s whole network was running at its own, with no maintenance at all,
  • August 18th: PTCL, through a circular, said that bonuses and salaries will not be given strike observing employees.
  • August 20th: LHC and RHC ordered law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of PTCL offices.
  • August 30th: PTCL management decided to settle the issue through negotiations, which got failed;
  • August 30th, PTCL employees threw sit-in call if their demands were not met
  • September First Week: Police charged hard on protesting employees, injuring several workers while arresting other dozen employees.
  • September 7th: PTCL issued a press release claiming that workers have resumed their work, while company will pay salaries and bonuses before Eid.

Current Situation:

  • Salaries and Bonuses were transferred to employees accounts before Eid, however, at least 5,000 employees in far-flung areas were not paid due to infrastructure delay from National bank of Pakistan.
  • Strike has softened in Faisalabad and Islamabad Region to some extent,
  • Lahore, Multan is retaliating hard, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah is locked down
  • Baluchistan is completely locked down (Source: Muhammad Owais, Engineering Supervisor, PTCL Sibbi)
  • Employees who have resumed their work were able to resolve 15 percent of complaints (source: Wasim Shah, PTCL Employee, Islamabad)

What Next?

  • Thanks to media’s silence, PTCL management is able to linger on the issue, without any resolution.
  • Workers’ demands now include the release of their union leaders, withdrawal of show cause notices, terminations and dismissals along with their core demand of salary increase.
  • PTCL management, which is reportedly backed by the Government of Pakistan, is in no mood of negotiating with employees.
  • Customers and businesses are suffering by large
  • Historically, (for instance Verizon’s strike of 50,000 employees in year 2000) strikes are never fought with hard stands, one day management will have to satisfy its workforce by meeting their demands to save its existence.
  • PTCL human resource division has to be preemptive and supporting in order to address these collective bargaining issues before they go public.
  • PTCL also needs to settle down its differences with Government of Pakistan, so that both the parties are on the same page before budgeting or salaries increase.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


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  • Kathy

    Bad, Bad, Bad for the Country. The death nail in the coffin of this national telecom asset was hammered when 26% shares were sold to Arabs. It should be recognized that historically Arabs know only how to keep slaves including child slaves for camel race. These Arabs have never been good management and good employers. The Arabs do not know how to build companies and create products and services. They are only glorified building contractors and that also because of petro dollars.

    Corrupt Pakistani politicians and bureaucrats sold 26% PTCL for their own benefits and they are continuing with the PTCL sale and trying to get more bribe money out of Arabs. The Arabs know the price of Pakistani bureaucrats and politicians. Therefore, Arabs are running PTCL, without regards to the national laws and interest of Pakistan. Arabs are running PTCL as an Emperor would run a sheikhdom, where employees get any raise or benefits only when Emperor feels like giving it to them. The Pakistani senior management in PTCL is most unfortunate, like Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq. They are busy collecting their own loot.

    Reverse the Etisalat sale and resell it to a more professional telecom operator.

  • Adam Ali

    w.t.f. So does it mean that Zong employees should also shut down the company. And warid Employees should tell their managment that they will lock down whole company if they thought about merging it… This is B.S. If they dont want to work, they should resign. if they want to work, they should work. They dont have any right to shut down the whole infrastructure during ongoing flood crisis and everything.

  • M.Fahad

    Kutto nay 1 months say ptcl band keya howa hay. Ptcl kay kangaal sheikh taka bhi nahi day gay resigin ker do aak saat takay company baat jahay bhi ptcl key monopoly ko toroo america key bell south ko moka do

  • RIZVI

    I fully agree with comments from Kathy above.
    Look at this incompetent Arab Baddoos and our Pakistani Dhuggas & cheaters who are running show at present in PTCL. They are unaware of the fact that already the revenues to the miilions of rupees have been lost, but still they are not ready to give peanuts to their employess.

    Well done Union; keep strike ON untill both Arab Baddoos and our Pakistani Dhuggas & cheaters ran away from company.

  • ALEENA

    these rotten eggs should be thrown out….ptcl emploeeys dont deserved what they r getting…they will not get a labour job if they apply somewhere else…if they think they deserve more…resign n get job somewhere else…i think its time to kick these black sheep out of ptcl

  • Masood

    PTCL is right.. these employees still think they are working for the government. PTCL has made noteworthy advancements and has gone from a very shi**y company to a company that now has onu exchanges, evo, evo rev b, smart tv !!! our government would have never been able to do all this.. especially with the kind of employees who are on an illegal strike!!! Raises at PTCL should be performance based.

  • RIZVI

    Well done Union, kick out these Mazhar type ______ and WAKHRAY type contract employess who are doing nothing in PTCL. Revenue is going down and down and ARAB BUDDOOSS are enjoyi ng beauties provided by these WAKHRAY type contract employess. They have fake degrees from so called universities and getting million of rupees as their salries from ARAB Budddoos at the cost of their ___ ________. These ________ should be immediately kicked out from PTCL.

    [Comment Edited]

  • JAMSHED

    I fully agree with Rizvi sb. Mazhar & company are on top slots with out merit and in very short span of time-they reached and everybody in PTCL knows how they reached in these slots. No one will give them the job of even account helper and even junior technican job to Nasrullah if they resign from their current job. They do’nt deserve to be on the position they are now.

    Union should go one step forward and surround these corrupt people in office, in home, everywhere. Revolution is very near and many people are waiting when they will get revenge from these Mzahar, Narullah type DO Number guys.

    New technologies like DSL, ONU exchanges, evo, smart tv are all based on the infrastructure develpoed in 60 years time without ARAB BUDDOSS of ETISALAT. Why this incompetent and corrupt management are crying to end strike?the reason is simple, they can not live without the staff working in the field mainting phone lines. Mazhar, Nasrullah and your allies- your own job is in danger. Why you yourselves come out and rectfy phone faults if you are so capable. But they will not come out as they do’nt know what to do.

  • Karachi Staff

    I think the PTCL Union should fight for its rights in the court of law. Strikes are no solution. If they think, they are right, they must consult courts.

    If court favors, and still Management refuses, then Strikes are Legal, at present its illegal.

    Moreover, there are rules of engagement in every situation (for educated), this is no way to besiege and threaten co-workers who are willing to work.

    Most of the Union leaders, loot PTCL whether its Medial facility, Loans or Job responsibility.

  • yasir

    It has already been writen on a number of occasions already before that the ptcl privitization was a bigest fraud in the history of not only paikistan but also asia.

    The recent strike of the ptcl was such a gigantic event of the highest importance that it can never be neglected or ignored or looked down upon ,
    but
    the so called independent responsible
    media ( Geo, ARY etc ) played the very baised role and supported the Etislat managemnt by observing the silence and keeping the people of pakistan in darkness .

    No oposition, no govt , no meida was able to bring out the exploitation of the suffering employees strike and the reason.
    All the stake holders have thier interests in thier wealth accumulated in the banks of Dubai and else where in the world .

    If the ptcl collapses then every one must know that the collapse of pakistan will begin.
    Because ptcl was the strategic asset of the country which has been handed over to the outsiders at a very cheap rate at thier terms and conditions rather than keeping in view the interest of the country.

    May Allah bring the change of wave & the eliminate the replace the curropt , hypocrite people rulling this country , who are robbing this country with both hands.

    Today , may Allah formid , if ptcl collapses , then auto matically the menance of corruption will spread to the other institutions and they will be eaten away one by one .
    ultimately , the whole country will be sold to the outsiders and these few people will be enjoying thier personal livies in the foriegn lands .

    May Allah bring the honest , neat people and may the the ptcl privitization gets reversed as it happened in case of pakistan steel mills.

  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    I got my PTCL phone lines back up yesterday (September 15 – The day those not working were supposed to be fired).

    PTCL Employees had cut my fiber optic cable (and of many others – I got to know this through the public notice) on 25th August at 6 am.

    I went to exchange during and after strike.

    I also went yesterday (Sept 15) and a guy was writing complaints on register. He noted my complain too.

    And on 1218, I had complained since 20 days about my phone being out of order. But yesterday at 4PM, I called 1218 and told them that PTCL Employees had cut my fiber optic cable (and of many others) on 25th August at 6 am.

    It was a very frustrating 20 days. Those b$#$%#@^ only care for themselves, and they cut the fiber optic cables of customers on purpose, just to get their demands fulfilled.

    We can see the true intention and nature of these employees. There was no phone line on eid days. They cut the lines in the holy month of Ramazan.

    • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

      Consequently, my internet was not working either for 20 days, like many other people.

      I did heard that ptcl employees were cutting optical fiber cables of people on purpose, but this public notice confirmed it.

  • Khurram

    Don’t Pay Your PTCL Bills. If your connection is disconnected. Let’s See What’s They Do. Connection is already disconnected because of fight between PTCL Management and Employees.

  • WarezDLL

    Well not really surprised to see this… This one is really hurting but really no wonders at all. Because it everyone in Pakistan. No Rules , No Care , No Respect and nothing.

    Sorry see this , but this is not gonna to end.

  • Akbar Mustehsan

    Damn, My Complaint is not even resolved since September 14, this is making me so angry, i contacted eventhrough, i said him to do sneak work
    i am using a public WI-FI

  • Zeeshan Baig

    Salam! Every one should submit his PTCL Telephony & DSL services discontinuation request to his local exchange, local exchange employees are sitting inside the exchange but not working in field to resolve customers complaints, they all are just fade-up with no working skills no working motivation even after getting salary increments & bonus!
    My own complaint on 1218 is over 60 days in system, neither any line man visit me nor receive any call, phone is dead and i am getting regular bill, we all should need to stop paying bills and to ask for reversal of line rent if we have paid.

    Thanks & Regards
    Zeeshan Baig (LLB, ACMA)
    +923009220058

  • asif

    First there is a misunderstanding that ptcl is now a private firm it is very rediculus. only 26 % controlling shares were given to Arab firm still maximum shares are with government of pakistan. ptcl has a large workforce which is on GOVT basic pay scale ranging grade 1 to 17 and above; having pension from govt. how can you people say it is prvate firm are foooooooooooooooooooooooooooools

  • Ali Raza

    yaar ptcl ka toa pata nahi enhwo na mera karobar barbaad ker dia hai 1 maah mai 10 roz dsl problem kerta hai

  • faisal

    Any body Remember strike/protest for chief justice of pakistan..just see in this country a chief justice cant get his duty with out strike then how possible a simple worker can get incremnts/bonous pay etc easily…PTCL management illegaly terminated many workers and NIRC(Labour court)reinstated all workers.but PTCL management did not accept the court orders…. pakistan govt(democrecy&Militry) behave is like animal with their peoples. ettislat is doing same with PTCL workers.Asif ali zardari/Chief justice of Pakistan(Iftikhar Muhammad Ch.)/ Altaf Hussain/Nawaz Sharif/Yousaf Raza Gillani/Media(Geo,ARY,SAMA,etc..ALL SLEEPING since last 4 months….all thieves are sleeping???Wake up plz…otherwise wait 4 NEXT FLOOD….

  • arsalan

    Islam Chowk Sector 11 ½
    House # 748 Warsia Colony Orangi Town
    Karrachi
    PTCL
    January 11, 2011
    To,
    The Director,
    Dear Sir:
    Respectfully I Say that I am a user of PTCL Broadband at my shop from 17/10/2010 and till today 02/01/2011 with many problem only 10 days it was open. After that I was daily complain from land line and I also go PTCL office but no one else worked on my complains and bills is continue coming. Director of PTCL of branch of Orangi Town No.4 Karachi was said to me that I can do anything on this complain so I do. Because he will do nothing and he was challenge me to I do everything on this matter. MY COMPLAIN DEATELS IS GIVEN BELOW
    FROM LANDLINE 1218
    Date 17/10 19/10 20/10 21/10 22/10 23/10 24/10 25/10 26/10 27/10 28/10 30/10 14/11 15/11 16/11 11/12
    C.no1 127 103 78 89 35 11 79 28 &
    10 73 73 73 44 44 44 08 76

    FROM OFFICE
    Date 20/11 22/11 25/11 27/11 29/11 30/11 02/12 13/12 14/12 18/12 20/12 22/12 23/12 24/12 03/12
    C.no 05 02 06 08 08 06 04 09 07 06 06 04 12 05 02

    Sincerely,
    Kindly focus on my complain & I will very thankful to you for this act of kindness.
    MY INFORMATION
    Irfan Warsi
    Landline # 0213-6761086
    Cell # 0312-3332973
    C.N.I.C # 35201-1263896-9
    Karachi

  • Islam Chowk Sector 11 ½
    House # 748 Warsia Colony Orangi Town
    Karrachi
    PTCL
    January 11, 2011
    To,
    The Director,
    Dear Sir:
    Respectfully I Say that I am a user of PTCL Broadband at my shop from 17/10/2010 and till today 02/01/2011 with many problem only 10 days it was open. After that I was daily complain from land line and I also go PTCL office but no one else worked on my complains and bills is continue coming. Director of PTCL of branch of Orangi Town No.4 Karachi was said to me that I can do anything on this complain so I do. Because he will do nothing and he was challenge me to I do everything on this matter. MY COMPLAIN DEATELS IS GIVEN BELOW
    FROM LANDLINE 1218
    Date 17/10 19/10 20/10 21/10 22/10 23/10 24/10 25/10 26/10 27/10 28/10 30/10 14/11 15/11 16/11 11/12
    C.no1 127 103 78 89 35 11 79 28 &
    10 73 73 73 44 44 44 08 76

    FROM OFFICE
    Date 20/11 22/11 25/11 27/11 29/11 30/11 02/12 13/12 14/12 18/12 20/12 22/12 23/12 24/12 03/12
    C.no 05 02 06 08 08 06 04 09 07 06 06 04 12 05 02

    Sincerely,
    Kindly focus on my complain & I will very thankful to you for this act of kindness.
    MY INFORMATION
    Irfan Warsi
    Landline # 0213-6761086
    Cell # 0312-3332973
    C.N.I.C # 35201-1263896-9
    Karachi