1 Jun 2018 Ferado

LHWs besiege D

BAHAWALNAGAR, May 31: Score of lady health workers (LHWs) besieged deputy commissioner’s (DC’s) office on May 30 in protest at the registration of a case against 800 health workers and suspension of 14 of them, including seven health supervisors.

Lady health workers from across Punjab arrived in Bahawalnagar to participate in the protest on the call of Health Workers Union (LWU) Punjab president Rukhsana Anwar. They set up camps outside the DC office

On the occasion, LWU district president Afia Jabeen alleged that no work could be done at the deputy commissioner’s office without giving bribe to his staff to complete the release of their pending salaries.

She urged the administration to pay their pending salaries, cancel the FIR against health workers and restore the suspended ones.

1 Jun 2018 Ferado

Ex-govt employee not paid pension for one year

JHANG, May 31: A grade-IV employee of the Punjab Building Department, who retired from government service in May 2017, is running from pillar to post for his monthly pension and other post retirement benefits.

M Saeed, resident of Mohallah Jalalabad Jhang Sadr, served the department as a plumber (BS-01) since his appointment as work charge servant in 2004. As per policy of the government, his services were regularised as per the Labour and high courts’ verdicts since 2016. He said after attaining the age of superannuation, he had to be retired from service on July 2017 but the department took no heed in issuing a retirement notification required for releasing pension. After waiting for one year, he appeared and submitted an application before Chief Justice Saqib Nisar in Supreme Court Lahore Registry for justice.

The Supreme Court’s Human Resource Cell directed the C&W Department to immediately expedite the pension matter.

1 Jun 2018 Ferado

Sanitary staff holds demo for two-month salary

GUJRAT,>: Scores of sanitary workers who had served in villages under Punjab chief minister’s rural sanitation services (RSS) programme, have staged a protest demonstration in front of the deputy commissioner office against non-payment of their salaries for the last two months.

The protesters were demanding payment of their salaries ahead of Eid for which they have been approaching the respective authorities for the last two weeks.

The Punjab government had hired various private janitorial companies for cleaning of villages across the province and one of such companies had been given assignment for Gujrat district.

The RSS programme had been launched for eight months from March to December 2018 at the cost of Rs8 billion across the province after the two consecutive months of rural sanitation programme at the cost of Rs150,000 in each rural union council in 2017.

These companies also hired local workers for rural sanitation with Rs15,000 per month salary of each.

One of the protesters who was a foreman told Dawn that at least 150 workers were yet to be paid their two-month salaries and they were unable to run their family kitchen due to non-payment.

That is why, he said, the workers have decided to lodge a protest drive for the issuance of their salaries.

On the other hand, the elected representatives of local body institutions had already expressed their resentment over launching the RSS programme and most of them termed it a waste of financial resources.

They were of the view that instead of spending money on private janitorial companies, the government should allow the recruitment of sanitary workers on a regular basis for rural areas.

As far as the government cost on the project is concerned, each sanitary worker costs a sum of Rs25,000 per month but the workers were hired on the basis of Rs15,000 per month by the private janitorial companies.

31 May 2018 Ferado

Lay-offs feared over power cuts in Hattar Industrial Estate

HARIPUR, May 28: Industrialists of the Hattar Industrial Estate have criticised the Peshawar Electricity Supply Company over the excessive power cuts and warn that they’ll lay off staff to reduce expenses in case of not getting smooth electricity.

Hattar Industrialists Association president Malik Ashiq Awan told reporters here on May 25 that the Hattar Industrial Estate was the biggest industrial zone in the province and had a contribution of billions of rupees to the national and provincial exchequers every month in the shape of taxes.

He said with over 300 functional industrial units, the estate supported over 60,000 families in different parts of country directly and indirectly by providing them with jobs and business opportunities.

Mr Awan however said half of the industries in the state were on the brink of closure due to the suspension of electric supply, which lasted around 10 hours daily, while the others were mulling to lay off manpower to meet expenses.

He insisted that the industrial production had almost come to a standstill due to power cuts.

“Industrialists are unable to meet their manufacturing targets due to the energy crisis, which will not only leave a negative impact on the collection of taxes but will also expose the scores of families, whose livelihood is attached to the manufacturing sector, to the serious economic problems,” he said.

Mr Awan said the federal government had exempted the industrial estates of Punjab from loadshedding but KP’s, especially the Hattar Industrial Estate, badly suffered from energy crisis due to a longstanding dispute between KP and the centre.

He demanded of the government to exempt the industrial sector from power cuts to protect employment of thousands of workers and ensure the continued contribution of huge taxes to the national and provincial exchequers.

31 May 2018 Ferado

Teachers union pulls support from Wynne’s campaign after Liberal accusation

HAMILTON—Her put-downs of the NDP’s ties to organized labour have cost Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, struggling at third place in the election polls, front-line support from the union representing public high school teachers.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation sent a memo to its Toronto members Wednesday saying the union’s Toronto executive is withdrawing its formal endorsement and door-to-door canvassing efforts for Wynne and six other local Liberal candidates. “This new tack taken by the Ontario Liberals is an obvious act of desperation, and we can only hope that it doesn’t serve to drive voters back to the Tories from the NDP,” wrote Leslie Wolfe, president of the federation’s Toronto local.

The teachers’ union said the last straw came Wednesday morning when Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews accused the NDP of trying to hide a for-profit business partnership called Cornerstone with eight of Ontario’s “largest and most powerful unions…to financially backstop the NDP’s campaigns and operations.” Cornerstone owns the building in which the party’s offices are located.

New Democrat spokesperson Andrew Schwab said the party pays rent at market rate for its offices at Cornerstone and there is no financial relationship “of any kind.”