Employees of the Income Tax Department in Faisalabad on Wednesday continued their strike on the second consecutive day to press for restoration of their special allowances.
The employees locked the offices and staged a sit-in in front of the Income Tax Office. They are protesting to demand special allowances and promotions for employees from grade 1 to 16.
They chanted slogans against their saviours and vowed to continue the strike until their demands were met.
They said it was a “sorry state” that the employees were not even given health insurance facilities.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Mujahid Hussain, the Federal Revenue Alliance Employees’ Union President, said that the special allowance was a legal right of the employee. He said they could not be deprived of their right.
General Secretary Amjad Lateef said that the Income Tax Department employees had been working devotedly and wholeheartedly for the welfare of the department, but the bureaucrats “at top-slots” had hatched a conspiracy against them.
“They are creating frustration among the employees by depriving them of their basic and legitimate rights,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the employees, the union president said that they had adopted a peaceful course. He said their demands were legitimate.
“If special allowances are not restored or workers denied their due promotions, we will be constrained to resort to direct action in defence of our rights,” Hussain added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.