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Power workers demo against unsafe working conditions

Power workers demo against unsafe working conditions

LAHORE: Electricity workers took out a procession on Thursday from Bakhtiar Labour Hall to Lakshmi Chowk in protest against the increasing accidents involving the lines staff across the country.

The rally was organised by the All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union (CBA).

The protesters were carrying banners and Pakistani flags. They lauded the services of martyred lines staff and demanded the electric power companies management and the government to take steps to prevent tragic accidents of the lines staff and ensure safe working conditions for them.

Speaking on the occasion, union secretary general Khurshid Ahmed said more than 244 members of lines staff had become victims of fatal accidents and many more had been disabled permanently due to unsafe working conditions on electricity lines.

Mr Ahmed said six linemen had become victims of tragic fatal accidents within five days in Peshawar, Shakargarh, Sukkur, Lahore and other cities. The lines staff had to work in double shifts due to work load and severe shortage of staff owing to ban on recruitment of such staff, he added.

Mr Ahmed called upon the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) management and federal and provincial governments to enforce safety regulations at work for prevention of accidents, recruit new hands to reduce staff shortage, provide modern equipments and order officers to be present at workplace to ensure safe working conditions.

He also appealed to the lines staff to refuse to work in unsafe working conditions by exercising their basic right.

The union leader demanded the authorities recruit all children of the martyred workers, ensure free education for them besides full pension for workers.

Haji Muhammad Younus, Rana Shakoor, Sajid Kazmi, Ch. Maqsood, Rana Akram, Syed Zulqarnain Shah, Osama Tariq and others also addressed the rally.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2015

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