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Railway employees protest as government decides not to increase salaries

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

13th Jun, 2020. 12:03 pm
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Railway employees protest as government decides not to increase salaries

Pakistan railway labor union protest against the Federal government’s decision not to increase the salaries of government in the budget 2020-21.

Protesters claimed that an increase in salaries of government employees in this time of inflation is inevitable.

They said that the governors proved labor animosity by ignoring them in the budget for the first time in Pakistan’s history.

Railway union said that they announce to fight against the government’s ignorance about employees.

Protests and severe reactions will be decided at the Railway Old Diesel Engine Shed tomorrow.

Employees feel hopeless about the Supreme Court’s reaction over a decrease in staff members.

Supreme Court orders retrenchment of railway employees

The Supreme Court ordered complete overhauling and retrenchment of employees in the railways and also sought a detailed report on the railway employees and operations within a month.

The Supreme Court heard various petitions filed regarding the tenure of railway employees. A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the petitions.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice asked the Secretary Railways, how many employees were temporarily recruited under Temporary Labour Appointment (TLA), to which the Secretary said that TLA has 2,712 employees.

Secretary Railways said that the salaries of TL employees are paid by the local government, to which the Chief Justice asked how these employees became railway employees.

The Chief Justice inquired about the total number of employees in the Railways, on which the Secretary Railways said that there are 76,000 employees, 142 passenger trains and 120 freight trains are running but at present, only 43 passenger trains are operational due to Coronavirus.

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