PIA passengers stranded in plane as airline workers protest against new tax

The plane, which landed at Islamabad airport, could not be attached to a staircase as staff was protesting


Web Desk February 03, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

Passengers of a Pakistan International Airlines flight were stranded in the plane for over 30 minutes after workers of the airline protested against new tax rates.

The flight, which landed at Benzair Bhutto International Airport from Karachi, could not be attached to a staircase as the flight operation staff was protesting.

The national flag carrier’s Collective Bargaining Agent, angered by the airline’s decision to cut Rs2,500 as tax from employees’ monthly salary, announced to hold a demonstration at Islamabad airport today.

“The workers are right in their demands and we are negotiating with them, the matter will be resolved soon,” PIA spokesperson Rana Muhammad Hanif told The Express Tribune.

Regarding the flight delay, the spokesperson said, “First, flight operations started protesting and as other operations joined in there was no staff leading to delays.”

“But the issue will be resolved shortly,” he assured.

COMMENTS (3)

Woz Ahmed | 6 years ago | Reply Anyone who disrupts Pakistans greatest asset must be sacked. PIA is a reflection of Pakistan, our pride and joy. Few people know about the real beauty of Pakistan and how safe and secure it it is, just ridiculous fake reports of criminality created by USA/Israel and India. Pakistan is gods own land and anyone who says otherwise is deluded !i.
shahida | 6 years ago | Reply It is very cunning decision from government to deduct 2500 from pension of a 2500 hundred rs.This action from govt. will cause a huge damage to pia retired employees.if givert. Want to deduct the amount than it should deduct from pia Mdsalsry and also stop giving favour to govt. High official.
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