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RTMA workers call off two-day strike

RTMA workers call off two-day strike

RAWALPINDI: The workers union of Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) on Saturday ended their two-day strike against the town municipal officer for his misbehaviour with the lower staff.

On the call of the United Municipal Workers Union, all the employees on Friday boycotted their work and continued the protest on Saturday.

However, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) City President Sardar Naseem brought about a rapprochement between the workers’ union and the administration of the RTMA.

Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Liaquat Ali, during a surprise visit to Bara Market, found Inspector Zaka Shah having lunch in the market instead of supervising the anti-encroachment campaign.

Both exchanged hot words and on return to office, the officials of the civic body gathered outside the offices and closed the doors. Upon this, the TMO went back home and the workers observed strike.

United Municipal Workers Union President Ansar Butt told Dawn that TMO Liaquat Ali misbehaved with the lower staff.

“We will protect the dignity of the lower staff and we will not allow anyone to use abusive language against them,” he said.

Mr Butt said the union was not against punishing a worker for his negligence. He should be dealt according to the law, he added.

“We did not claim that there is no corruption in the civic body but the senior officials should punish the juniors as per law and give respect to the common man,” he said.

When contacted, Town Municipal Officer Liaquat Ali said that some black sheep in the civic body had created a fuss on Friday and forced the workers to go on strike.

“Basically, I pointed out 153 illegal constructions in the city areas and asked the town officials of the enforcement cell and anti-encroachment staff to remove all the encroachments from the bazaars and market places but they failed to comply with the directives and ganged up against me,” he said.

The town municipal officer further said: “It is my duty to conduct surprise visits and question the performance of the negligent staff.”

Published in Dawn, April 12th, 2015

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