The Solid Waste Management (SWM) staff in the city announced a an indefinite strike on Tuesday to protest against the proposed privatisation of the department.
They organised a protest demonstration at Al Fateh Ground in Peoples Colony and Shehbaz Park in Ghulam Muhammadabad. They shouted slogans against the Punjab government and demanded that it immediately withdraws from the decision of privatising the SWM.
The protest was led by Mazdoor Ittihad Union General Secretary Chaudhary Nazeer Inayat. He said that the government was signing a contract of sanitation with a foreign firm at Rs4 billion per year, while the SWM was paying doing the job in Rs750 million only. The speakers also appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of thee situation and save hundreds of workers from unemployment.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2013.