Peshawar - Employees of the Workers Welfare Board Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter demanded the government to release their salaries withheld for the last two months and don’t compel them on starvation and hunger.
They warned if the government was failed to ensure payment of their salaries till the first weak of January then they would launch a protest campaign across the province.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday at press club, the All Pakistan Workers Welfare Board Employees Union Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter President Zulqarnain said that their salaries have been pending for the last two months due to which the employees are being compelled on starvation. He also criticised the PML-N led federal government for its step motherly attitude with the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Flanked by the Union Central President Aurangzeb and General Secretary Asma Gul Khattak along with dozens of workers, Zulqarnain said that the board funds were generated by the poor-industrial workers without any contribution or support of the government, therefore the authorities concerned have no right to stop their salaries. He informed that the board estimated a total recurring budget of about Rs140 million for the current financial year.
Zulqarnain further informed that the federal government had stopped releasing a huge amount of Rs122 billion funds allocated for the board recurring and development expenditure in the province. He also expressed concern over the removal of employees from their jobs, adding the government this step was tantamount to snatch the morsel from the mouth of the poor employees.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is already confronted with terrorism, wherein the increasing unemployment and inflation would further increase in the existing circumstances,” he added.
He said the industries’ sector was hitting hard due to spiralling energy crisis, triggering a massive unemployment in the province. He demanded of the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take serious steps to resolve their issues by releasing the salaries of the employees of Working Force Grammar Schools, industrial homes, Mono-technic and Unitechnic Institute.
The union president vowed to take every step for the attainment of the legitimate right of the workers and announced to launch a series of protest movement that would be expanded to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa other parts and finally will hold a long march towards federal capital Islamabad, if their demands were not fulfilled by January 05.