Govt bans union activity to prevent PIA strike

Govt bans union activity to prevent PIA strikeThe government invoked the infamous services act on Monday, restricting all labour union activity for six months specifically aimed at restricting PIA union workers from disrupting flight operations.

The move came on the eve of a potentially crippling strike by the national airline employees starting from Tuesday (today).

PIA staff to strike on Tuesday

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the extension of the Essential Services (Maintenance) Act (ESMA) 1952 to PIA on the recommendation of the Aviation Division for ‘ensuring smooth sailing of the airline’s affairs’, stated a PM Office statement.

Defending the move, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said PIA’s losses had touched Rs30 billion in 2013 and the government had been working hard to improve the organisation.

He said the prime minister had promised no PIA employee would be sacked, but even then the unions were causing inconvenience to passengers. He added the government had finalised arrangements to continue flight operations in case of any strike.

“We want to make PIA a viable, profitable and modern organisation through investments. Progress of PIA means more income not only for the institution but also for the employees,” Pervaiz said. “The culture of strikes and threats will never be accepted.”


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