KESC Workers big protest demonstartion, condemn load shedding, retrenchment

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KARACHI (June 27, 2011) : A big protest demo here on Monday lambasted the Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) for its daily-based load shedding, and retrenchment of 4,500 workers and demanded of the government to nullify the privatisation of this public service utility to save Karachiites from perpetual torments. The demo was held by KESC Workers Yakjehti Committee and attended by a large number of workers and civil society members. They chanted slogans against the private owners of the KESC and demanded of the government to take action against them and save Karachiites from prolonged load shedding, average billing without meter reading and frequent power failures. They said the KESC retrenched 4,500 workers without any reason or rhyme and these workers have been protesting for the last 50 days but the KESC management is not serious to solve their genuine issues and restore their jobs. They said the sacking of workers was the violation of the accord under which the KESC had been privatised. They regretted that the government was not taking action against the privatised KESC for violation of the accord. They blamed the KESC was not generating enough electricity to cater the needs of Karachiites, and was fleecing the consumers with unethical and illegal billing without physical meter reading. They demanded a high powered judicial probe into the persisting electricity crisis in Karachi including load shedding, average billing, illogical high tariff, power outages, poor power generation, retrenchment of workers and other related issues. They said the government should immediately nullify the privatisation of the KESC to facilitate Karachiites. KESC Workers Yakjehti Committee convener Fareed Awan, Habib Junaidi, Liaquat Sahi, Manzoor Razi, Noor Muhammad, Saeed Baloch, Asad Batt, Latif Mughal, Aslam Sammo, Syed Zulfiqar Shah and other labour leaders spoke.

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