The Railway Workers Union (RWU) held a protest demonstration outside Rawalpindi Railway Station on Wednesday against the “anti-people” federal budget announced last week as well as the continuing “conspiracy of vested interests” within Pakistan Railways and outside to eventually privatise it.
A press release issued on Wednesday said RWU workers chanted slogans against divisional officers, international financial institutions (IFI) and the federal bureaucracy. They were joined by National Students Federation (NSF) activists. Speaking on the occasion, RWU leaders Maqbool Hussain, Chaudhry Shabbir, Raja Jamil and others said the budget was an eyewash that proved economic policies in Pakistan are made not in the interests of working people but at the behest of the IFIs. They said the token ad hoc increases in public sector employees’ salaries are meaningless in the face of rampant inflation and the deterioration in social and economic conditions of the working class. The protestors continued their sloganeering for upto an hour before dispersing.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012.
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