SWABI: Over 1,000 sacked workers of a multinational tobacco company here Saturday staged protest to demand their reinstatement.
Led by Muttahida Workers Union Chief Akhtar Muneer, the protesting workers said that the management of the Philip Morris International Company at Ismaila axed majority of the labourers who had been worked there for many years. They said that they had established union to protect the rights of the company workers.
The protesters accused the Karkun Union, another splinter group of labourers, of conspiring against the workers and toeing the company line. The company was earlier managed by the Lakson Tobacco Company.
Talking to The News, Akhtar Muneer said that they had met director labour who had termed the removal of the labourers illegal and against the labour laws. He claimed that the Labour Department high-ups had assured their full support to get them their rights. “We want permanent job, provision of medical facilities and annual bonus,” he said.
When contacted, an official of the company said that no permanent worker has been fired but seasonal workers only.