PSO starts sending termination letters to daily-wage employees

Step apparently taken to avoid court case filed for service regularisation

Zafar Bhutta January 04, 2018
PSO sending termination letters to daily wage employees, PHOTO:S.Jamal

ISLAMABAD: The management of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has started sending termination letters to around 1,700 employees, who have been working on daily wage and are low-paid, in a bid to prevent them from pursuing a court case for regularisation of their services.

In compliance with a court order, PSO - the state-owned petroleum marketing giant - recently regularised services of over 200 daily-wage employees who were working in the company’s head office in Karachi.

According to officials, around 1,700 daily-wage employees, who have been employed from time to time over the years, are currently working in different offices of PSO. Salaries of the daily-wage employees range from Rs15,000 to Rs50,000 per month.

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According to officials, the PSO management has offered some employees to sign contract at a low salary on which they had been hired 15 to 20 years ago. They have not been allowed to apply for permanent employment.

“PSO does not follow the provincial quota system. It advocates equal employment opportunities for all eligible candidates who are screened, shortlisted and selected through a transparent and merit-oriented uniform recruitment system governed through standard PSO policies and procedures,” the company said in a statement in response to a query from The Express Tribune.

“PSO is always focused on hiring the best fit for the job. In previous years, PSO has recruited top talent from across the industry in order to fill its critical leadership positions. Nevertheless, all these appointments were in line with the transparent and merit-oriented uniform recruitment system.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2018.

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