Government employees in Punjab have made a significant declaration, saying they will embark on a “pen-down strike” until their “genuine demands” are met.
Government workers in huge numbers demonstrated against pay and pension discrimination in front of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Offices. The demonstrators demand parity with federal government employees in terms of pay, pensions, and other perks.
Employees of the Punjabi government raised their voices in protest against the provincial leadership and demanded a stop to their treatment.
Shokat Nadeem Bhatti, general secretary of the Punjab Administration Employees Welfare Association (PGEWA), stated in a news statement that the strike will last indefinitely because the administration didn’t take the workers’ complaints seriously.
The workers used to stage a sit-in on Tuesday of every week. They have now made the decision to protest until their issues are resolved. They will stage a protest in front of the parliament building if the situation doesn’t change.
The protesting employees were headed by the president of the Punjab Revenue Coordination Council (Rawalpindi), Abdul Sattar Qureshi, the general secretary, Nadeem Bhatti, and the president of the prosecution office, Muhammad Sajjad.
Furthermore, if the Finance Department does not retract its latest notification, the demonstrators have threatened to stop OPDs in affiliated hospitals.
The warning states that pension and leave encashment payments will put retiring government employees at a financial disadvantage.
Additionally, rather than using the employees’ current pay scale, payments will be issued using their first basic pay scale.