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KESC fires CBA head, 60 other employees

By Shamim-ur-Rahman

KARACHI: The KESC management on Saturday terminated the services of CBA chairman Akhlaq Ahmad and about 60 others, a labour union spokesperson said.

The termination has come just a day after the KESUTY Union broke away from the protesting workers.

Akhlaq Ahmad said the matter was being examined by the lawyer and action would be taken accordingly. He said that protesting workers would not be deterred from their struggle against the management’s highhandedness and its anti-labour policies.

Apparently the management has invoked the 1968 standing order and has served termination notice for being absent from duty without prior information.

Akhlaq Ahmad said the management was taking advantage of June 2 decision regarding NIRC.

Meanwhile Peoples Workers Union has strongly condemned the “illegal” act of the KESC management to terminate Akhlaq Ahmad, Chairman CBA Union KESC, and others from the service and demanded their immediate reinstatement.

KESC spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the report and said he was trying to get details from human resources people.

The termination has certainly added fuel to the brewing crisis that could become more chaotic when on Monday trade Unions will stage a solidarity protest outside the Karachi Press Club.
Source: Dawn
Date:6/26/2011