Health care lady workers set their camps outside the parliament in Islamabad for the last five days, continuing on the sixth day. They are not ready to leave until their wages increase and the structure of their employment is made better.
About 500 women and more are seen with young children out in the open at D-Chowk road in Islamabad since Wednesday. They arrived in the capital from all over Pakistan to protest against rising inflation along with a larger protest by government employees.
Labor from other organizations left the premises on the same day but the lady medical workers who are given the tasks to run vaccination campaigns across the country stayed on. As a result of the pandemic, the ladies were recently mobilized to combat the coronavirus.
“We will not leave until the government listens to us,” said Rukhsana Anwar “At the moment we are organizing ourself, increasing our numbers, after which we will march towards the parliament to be heard.”
There’s a total number of 100,000 lady medical management workers who need to be tended to, added Anwar.
The officials who visited the sit-in in the last five days are, Ali Muhammad Khan, state minister for parliamentary affairs, Dr Faisal Sultan, special assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services, and officials of the Islamabad administration.
The negotiations made all battered down as the women were informed that their demands could only be met by the provincial government and not the federal government.
“We want our pay scales to be increased,” she expressed, “Some of these women have been working at the same grade without a promotion and a pay of less than Rs.20,000 per month for several years now.”