Labour issues: Engro Fertilizer contract workers protest in Daharki

SUKKUR: Hundreds of contract workers of Engro Fertilizer – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Engro Corporation – have been protesting outside the company’s largest manufacturing unit in Daharki, demanding raises in compensation and benefits, which they claim that the management has been denying them.

The protests, which are not yet a strike action, have been organised by the Engro Fertilizer Contract Workers Union, which claims it submitted a charter of demands to the company’s management but had not yet received any response on the matter. The demands included a raise in salaries, bonuses and other benefits.

“We kept waiting for the company’s response on the charter of demands for six months. Only when the company did nothing, we started protesting,” Shahzado Panhyar, the general secretary of the labour union, told The Express Tribune.

As many as 800 of the 930 contract workers protest outside the factory gates every morning before going to work, which suggests that the protests have not disrupted the company’s manufacturing capacity. Engro Fertilizer recently completed and began production at its $1.1 billion single-train urea plant that is the largest of its kind in the world.

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