PTDC employees announced protest movement from next month

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Rawalpindi (Thursday, May 26, 2011) – After failing to get a positive response from the government, the employees of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) have announced to launch a protest movement from the first week of next month for redressal of their genuine grievances, including payment of three-month salaries.
Talking to ‘The News’ here on Wednesday, the office-bearers of PTDC Employees Union — General Secretary Waqar Ahmed, Senior Vice President Mohammad Ramzan and Vice President Gohar Rehman — gave a deadline of 10 days to the government to clear their dues otherwise over 860 PTDC employees would launch a protest movement in the first week of June. They said that no work would be done in the PTDC offices and employees would stage protest demonstrations on Benazir Bhutto Road and in front of the Parliament House.
Replying to a question, the office-bearers said that the employees union besides meeting the PTDC managing director has also approached the secretary of Inter-Provincial Coordination, Islamabad, for resolution of their genuine problems.
PTDC Employees Union Senior Vice President Mohammad Ramzan said: “ The employees are facing financial hardships due to non-payment of salaries. We are not sending our children to schools as we cannot pay their fees. Almost 75% of employees live in rented houses. They have not paid their rents for the last three months and the owners have started forcing them to vacate their houses. A large number of employees have failed to pay their utility bills. Their electricity connections have been disconnected due to non-payment of bills.”
To a question, he said that the government has decided to release only Rs8.4 million for publicity and promotion of the PTDC, which would be sufficient only for one month salaries. While the remaining funds of Rs11.7 million for Tourist Information Centres are not being released by the government, which will create problems for the employees.
When this scribe tried to approach Inter-Provincial Coordination Secretary Abdur Rauf and Senior Joint Secretary Munir Ahmed, their personal assistants said that their bosses were busy in a meeting and they cannot comment over the issue. However, when ‘The News’ approached Inter-Provincial Coordination Joint Secretary Mohammad Arshad, he said that Ministry of Tourism Economic Analyst and Joint Secretary Zafarullah Siddique has been discussing the matter with the government. “There is a hope that the matter would be resolved in due course of time,” he added.

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