Govt to take measures for PTC employees’ restoration: Minister

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Staff Reporter

Peshawar—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli has assured that steps will be taken to restore the labour workers dismissed from employment by Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC) Nowshera.
She said efforts would be made for release of labour leader Ihsaunllah from Jail and advised labour union to show tolerance. She also summoned joint meeting of Factory Management, affected labourer representatives, labour union leaders and labour department on upcoming Wednesday for finding a sustainable solution to the issue and make possible restoration of labour workers.
The Provincial Labour Minister listened the view point of workers representatives, who called on her at Peshawar. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, the Minister paid an early visit of PTC at Nowshera and met the Company Manager Akhter Baig, Human Resource Manager Arif and other relevant officials and appraised herself from their concerns. Director labour Irfanullah, Assistant Director Labour Nowshera and leaders of labour union were also present on this occasion.
The minister apprised herself of the concerns of both the parties and summoned a joint meeting of the stakeholders on 30th November, 2016, while Motahida Mazdoor Alliance (United Labour Alliance) called off their agitation after the assurance of the Minister.
They were demanding release of their Union leader Ihsanullah from Jail and restoration of 144 labour workers terminated by the Company. After thorough discussion with Company Management and labour workers outside PTC Nowshera, the Minister said instead of agitation, way of dialogue should be adopted for the suitable solution of matter and hoped that a positive result would come.