Call for KESC takeover

Posted on June 16, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Leaders of KESC workers solidarity committee have urged the government to review its privatisation policy regarding the power utility, annul its accord with the private concern and take over its charge immediately.

At a joint press conference held here on Wednesday at the Karachi Press Club, the leaders of the committee held the KESC management responsible for the ongoing electricity crisis in the city, claiming that the management had adopted an antiworkers policy.

They said the KESC was privatised in 2005 with objectives of improving the efficiency of the organisation, providing uninterrupted electricity to the citizens of Karachi, ending power theft and “kunda” system and making it a profitable organisation.

They regretted that none of these objectives were achieved. Instead, the performance of the utility organisation deteriorated and the electricity crisis aggravated as compared to the past, they said.

The committee leaders suggested certain steps to ease the current tense situation, demanding that the KESC management immediately withdraw the scheme of forced retrenchment and initiate dialogue with the elected CBA union.

They also urged the management to end the surplus pool, restore all the sacked employees and instead of adopting a contract system, all recruitments were made in the organisation on merit and on a permanent basis accord ing to the laws of the company.

As a gesture of goodwill, they further suggested that the cases against KESC labour leaders were withdrawn and dismissal and termination orders be also withdrawn.

They also suggested that a high-powered judicial committee was established to probe the causes of frequent loadshedding and non-supply of electricity and determine the elements responsible for it and action should be taken on the recommendations of the committee report.

The press conference was addressed by convener of the committee Farid Awan who was accompanied by leaders of the steering committee Habib Junedi, Latif Mughal, Sheikh Majeed, Noor Mohammad, Ayub Qureshi, Aslam Samoo and Manzoor Ahmed Razi.

 

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