KWSB union decries lack of facilities for lower tier employees

Union leader warns of protest if demands not met


Our Correspondent April 26, 2017
Union's president said the workers were not being given their due right at KWSB while illegally-appointed officers were enjoying extra facilities. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The United Workers Union at Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has demanded that the ex-cadre and out-of-turn promoted officers at the board should be sent to their original positions in light of the court orders.

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, the union's president, Joseph Sanam, said the workers were not being given their due right at the KWSB while the illegally appointed officers were enjoying extra facilities.

Sanam said the incumbent Collective Bargaining Agent, backed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, failed to address the workers' issue before the authorities and has yet to come up with its charter of demands while the elections are due in November.

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"The higher grade employees can draw thousands of rupees in the name of medical allowances while the lower tier workers are not even given Rs500," he alleged.

He put forward demands including that heirs of deceased workers should be given employment at the water board, those sacked illegally in December 2015 should be reinstated, irregularities should be eliminated at the earliest and political intervention should be stopped immediately.

The labour leader said if authorities did not fulfil their demands within a week, they would be left with no option but to take to the streets.

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