Karachi: Sacked KESC Employees Protest, Set Ablaze Cars

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Karachi: Sacked KESC employees protest, set ablaze cars
The sacked employees of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) protested in front of head office against their removal, Geo News reported.
They set cars ablaze parked at head office, located at Gizri and also ransacked the KESC building.
According to KESC spokesman, administration has decided to shut non-management and non-technical departments in the company. These department included security guards, drivers, clerical staff, bill distributors and sanitary workers among others.
According to a KESC press release, people working in “non-core jobs” were offered the scheme that closed on Jan 15.
Around 4,000 employees who did not opt for the scheme have been retrenched. They will be paid all their statutory dues along with one month’s salary.

KESC Sacked Employees Protest - Set ablaze motor cars - Geo Jang Breaking News 20-1-2011
KESC Sacked Employees Protest - Set ablaze motor cars - Geo Jang Breaking News 20-1-2011

The move came after the KESC’s board of directors decided to focus on “core” technical functions of the company and outsource necessary “non-core functions” to third-party service providers specialising in these tasks.
(“The News” Updated at 1245 PST Thursday, January 20, 2011)

Sacked employees attack KESC office
KARACHI: Dismissed employees of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) staged a protest in Karachi on Thursday against their lay-offs.
They attacked the KESC office near Gizri area, demanding their immediate reinstatement.
KESC laid off over 4,000 workers on Wednesday, under a cost-cutting drive to make the utility financially viable.
A company press release put it as the “elimination of a number of its (KESC’s) non-core and redundant functions”.
KESC Spokesperson, Ayesha Arabi told a private TV channel that these employees were offered a golden handshake. Arabi claims they were offerred to take their retirement voluntarily however, they declined it.
The fired employees include sanitary workers, security guards, bill distributors, attendants and drivers. The company announced that non-core office jobs have been outsourced. At the same time, other positions such as petrol pump attendant, office time keeper, junior office attendant, daftari and typist have been abolished.

(“Samaa TV” Updated on Thursday, January 20, 2011)

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