After intense deliberations and the government’s intercession, the Karachi Electric Supply Company withdrew the order through which it had sacked 4,500 employees. A good news of restoration of 4500 employees sacked by Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has made the day. Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf announced announced, “The order by which over four thousand employees of KESC had been sacked now stands withdrawn” adding these employees may resume their duties from tomorrow, a private channel reported.
He said the decision to withdraw the order was made after holding negotiations with the administration of KESC and three members committee comprising The committee comprised of Raza Rabbani, Khurshid Shah and Raja Pervez Ashraf. He congratulated the reinstated employees on behalf of himself, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and others. Displaying the order signed by the KESC’s chief executive, Tabish Gohar, reversing the sacking of employees, Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed a hope that the workers would now call of their sit-in.
Earlier these employees sanitary workers, security guards, bill distributors, attendants and drivers of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) staged a protest in Karachi on against their lay-offs for three days. Helpless employees to register their protest became violent and attacked the KESC office near Defence Phase 4, demanding their immediate reinstatement three days back and damaged the office property and other KESC personnel. The retrenchment had set off furious protests in Karachi, disabling the utility’s network in several areas of the city.
Dr Farooq Sattar welcomed the outcome and said the decision has been taken to protect the interest of affected KESC employees and about 20 million people of Karachi who have suffered a lot because of the problem.
KESC laid off over 4500 workers on Wednesday, under a cost-cutting drive to make the utility financially viable. However KESC Spokesperson, Ayesha Eirabie told a private TV channel that these employees were offered a golden handshake and it was not possible to reverse the retrenchment.
Government intercession is positive step to resolve the issue between management and KESC. That show Government is capable of bringing positive changes but not ready to facilitate the poor people of Pakistan. Most disappointing step was to cut short the expenses by sacking of poor people. However restoration will help healing the wounds of poor who are already being ground due to inflation.