Electricity workers demand raise, safety measures

By Our Correspondent
May 30, 2024
Members of Wapda Paigham Union hold a protest demonstration for acceptance of their demands, at Mall road in Lahore on May 29, 2024. — PPI

LAHORE:A rally was taken out here on Wednesday under the auspices of the All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union CBA.


The rally demanded the government implement a 50 percent increase in wages and pensions for the employees of the government, semi-government sectors, Wapda/DISCOs, railways, gas, and other public and private sectors, including banks and media, in the upcoming budget 2024-25 to match the rising cost of living.

The workers also demanded the PM and the Federal Minister for Energy address the alarming rate of fatal and non-fatal accidents among electricity staff. They suggested that the government follow the practices of private companies in Rawalpindi, Multan, Karachi, and IPPs to improve productivity in DISCOs, thereby providing cheaper electricity.

The also demanded the reinstatement of performance allowances for employees on the occasion of Eidul Azha and the regularisation of contract, daily wage, and contingent workers. In a resolution, they condemned the genocide of citizens in Gaza by Israel, urging international intervention to halt these violations of international law. The event featured speeches by Khurshid Ahmad, General Secretary of the union, along with others.