Bus drivers at the Workers Welfare School in Johar Colony observed a strike on Tuesday to protest the non-payment of their wages for the last three months. The strike made it difficult for the children to return to their homes.
The drivers said they were facing hardship as the school had not paid their dues for three months. Driver Muhammad Ameen said they had made requests to the school administration but had been ignored.
The school administration said they lacked funds and as soon as the funds were available, payment would be made to the drivers.
Hadir Ali, the father of a student, said, “It is unfortunate that drivers have gone on strike so abruptly. This caused great inconvenience for us.”
“The school administration was apparently aware of the situation and should have made alternative arrangements for our children,” he added.
The school administration said, “We have repeatedly asked the Labour Department to ensure the payment of the wages of the divers but that has not happened.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2012.