(Published in Daily English TheNews on Wednesday, December 08, 2010)
Some 400 regular employees of the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) were assured on Tuesday that their salaries would be released within two days.
The protesting workers had gathered outside the KWSB’s Head Office, located near Hasan Centre, and were demanding from the management to release their salaries. The management approached Mazdoor Union, a Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA), and assured its general secretary, Raheem Awan, that the salary cheques would be released to the workers in two days.
Earlier, on Monday, more than 600 regular workers held a protest demonstration in front of the Ninth Mile M.D. Secretariat, where the office of Managing Director KWSB Sajjad Abbasi is located. Though it was a peaceful protest, the placards held by the workers carried slogans that expressed their anger and frustration against the non-payment of their salaries and a lack of facilities.
Talking to The News, Awan said that the management has started issuing cheques to the employees of the Water Supply Department on Tuesday and others would be given their salary cheques on Wednesday (today).
“Our union is committed to continuously holding protest demonstrations unless the workers’ demands are accepted. Previously, salaries were paid on time but the then management used to delay clearance of salaries. On the one hand, contractors are being paid huge of amounts against their works but on the other, regular employees of different grades and categories are not allowed to do overtime and other payable assignments,” he alleged.