The labourers of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) took out a protest rally in the city on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the downsizing move by the KESC management against the surplus staff.
Senator Safdar Abbasi of the Pakistan People’s Party attended the rally and addressed its participants who gathered near the Fawara Chowk in Saddar. The rally, which started from Elander Road Power House of the KESC near Shaheen Complex, was held under the aegis of the KESC Workers’ Solidarity Committee.
The dissident PPP Senator demanded annulment of privatisation of the KESC as an effective solution to the grievances and long standing issues concerning the workers and consumers of the KESC alike.
He said that the present government should do away with the anti-labour steps and policies of Gen Pervez Musharraf’s era including privatisation of the KESC.
Other concerned labour leaders, who spoke on the occasion, also demanded the government to undo privatisation of the KESC.
They demanded that the government should ensure implementation of the July 2011 Governor House agreement between the management and labour union of the KESC so that the long-standing issue of surplus staff of the KESC should be resolved and they should not be rendered unemployed and jobless.
The assembly of the KESC workers and other concerned labour organisations decided that members of the KESC Workers’ Solidarity Committee would stage three-day token hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club (KESC) from January 2 to January 4. The next line of action to further the protest movement of the KESC workers would be announced on January 4 at the culmination of the three-day token hunger strike.
The concerned labour leaders who addressed the rally included Mohammad Ikhlaq Khan, Lateef Mughal.