WAPDA MEPCO Employees Protest in Multan Against Proposed Privatization
Multan (Saturday, September 7, 2013) – Today protests demonstaration held in Multan against a proposed government plan to privatise national power firms and appointment of chief executive officers from private sectors to meet the IMF’s pre-conditions for loan.
Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) workers rejected the IMF’s conditions and vowed to resist implementation on them. At the call of Pakistan Workers Federation, hundreds of workers observed sit-in in front of Mepco headquarter. Senior officials of Union Ghulam Rasul Gujjar, Sajjad Baloch, Malik Saeed, Mehr Altaf, Ikram Alvi, Rana Zahid Javed, Ch Khushi Muhammad, Izhar Khan Mukhtar Bukhari, Saleem Gilani, Sheikh Shahid Hussain, Ghulam Dastgir Maitla and Naveed Baloch warned against privatisation of the Wapda and dissolution of MEPCO and threatened to cut power supply for indefinite period.
Protests in Khanewal, DGKHan, Bahawalpur, RY Khan, Lodhran and Vehari
Officials of Mepco observed sit-in in Khanewal to press the authorities for acceptance of their demands. Besides Multan, protests were held in Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Rahim yar khan, Khanewal, Lodhran, Vehari and other area. They warned that electricity supply would be halted if their demands were not met immediately.
The labour leaders claimed that privatisation of electricity has proved a failure and one of clear examples is Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). Unions fear that after privatisation the new management will start massive downsizing.
The labour union leader said that Wapda employees know very well how to safeguard their interests and do not fear harsh steps like mass arrests. They said that a conspiracy was being hatched to destroy Mepco and other distribution companies. They reiterated that their demands regarding upgradation, increase in salaries and pension should be approved.