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Cracks develop in ranks of protesting PTCL workers

ISLAMABAD: Cracks have appeared in the ranks of striking PTCL employees as one of their unions on Monday declared to end the strike and resume duty from Tuesday.

The Pakistan Telecom Employees Union (CBA) asked the employees to resume work but other groups said they would continue the strike.

Talks between the PTEU and the management held at the PTCL head office concluded successfully and both sides agreed to resolve all issues through dialogue.

The strike was launched from the platform of PTCL Muttahida Workers Itehad consisting of 10 groups. The company management said the decision was in the interest of employees, the company and the PTCL customers.

A senior official of the PTCL said Eid bonus and salaries would be released to those employees who resumed duty on Tuesday.

Talking to Dawn, PTEU Chairman Ziauddin said the decision to hold negotiations with the management and end the strike was made in the interest of the employees.

“The current situation does not demand any confrontation and with Eid round the corner, the employees need money,” Mr Ziauddin said.

However, he also said if the negotiations failed the union would chalk out another action plan after Eid.

A statement released by the company after the talks said interest of the employees would be safeguarded. The company has announced 30 per cent pay increase while the modalities for further 20 per cent raise based on performance will be decided later, it added.

The unions have been demanding an increase of 50 per cent in the running basic salaries in one go.

The PTEU and the management have also reached consensus to withdraw cases against the arrested employees.

Our Reporter adds from Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court on Monday issued notices to the representatives of PTCL employees union in a contempt of court petition filed by the company management.

Justice Syed Ikhlaq Ahmed asked the representatives of the protesting union to respond to the petition of the PTCL management over alleged violation of the August 19 directive of the court.

The petitioner sought contempt of court proceedings against the union representatives for forcibly entering the premises of the PTCL and creating hindrance in the working of other staff and the system.

The LHC had directed the Islamabad police and administration to ensure security for the PTCL staff and offices. The protesters had been directed to stay away from the PTCL offices and exchanges by at least 500 yards.

The court had also issued notices to the chief commissioner and union leaders Lala Mohammad Hanif, Hassan Mohammad Rana and Malik Maqbool Hussain to respond to the writ petition filed by PTCL through its executive vice-president Mohammad Bilal.

In the contempt of court plea, the PTCL management stated that the protesters had tried to occupy the office of the company in Islamabad after forcibly entering the premises.

However, the building was later cleared by the police.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/7/2010