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PIA empowered to terminate services of protesting employees

ISLAMABAD, Feb 01 (DNA): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday extended the Essential Services Maintenance Act 1952 to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for six months.According to a statement from the PM’s Office, the Prime Minister approved the summary of the Aviation Division.The PIA employees had announced a strike against the proposed privatization of the national flag carrier from Feb 2.

Minutes after the federal government placed PIA under the Essential Services Maintenance Act, employees of the national airline announced shutting down operations from Tuesday evening.

“It is unbelievable that the government promulgated the Essential Services Act despite our protest,” Sohail Baloch, head of Joint Action Committee,” told media persons at PIA headquarters in Karachi.

“Rest assured we will not fly from tomorrow. There is no way we are going to let the government privatize the PIA,” he said. “Our sit-in will continue as per schedule. However, we are open to talks,” he added. “We are also ready if government wants to use force.”

According to the new act, all PIA unions stand dissolved with immediate effect. Employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) are staging a ‘token protest’.

The PIA employees kept the administration offices closed against a bill that recently sailed through the National Assembly, converting the airlines into a public limited company.

On January 29, the government had announced to halt the process of finding a strategic partner for the airlines, urging the PIA employees to call off their strike.

The government had also assured that rights of PIA employees would be protected and their perks and privileges, salaries, and gratuity would never be affected in the new revival plan for the national flag carrier. DNA

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