KARACHI: Pakistan Steel Mills’ (PSM) dismissed workers ended their hours-long railway track protest in Bin Qasim, which had forced the train service to be halted, on Wednesday.
A sit-in on the main tracks was staged by the PSM workers, which lasted for 12 hours and ended on Tuesday at midnight after fruitful talks between the demonstrators and the provincial government led by Labour Minister Saeed Ghani.
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On Wednesday, the PSM officers’ union chief, Maqsood Ahmed, told Dawn that after promises by the Sindh government that they would take up their question of retrenchment with the federal government, they ended the protest. In addition, by stopping the train service for an undefined time, they also did not want any disruption to the individuals.
He said Mr. Ghani had told them that he would approach Sindh’s chief minister to set up a committee that could discuss their question of retrenchment with the centre and the issues emerging from it.
Mr Ahmed announced that they had already been told by the Sindh government that they could try to purchase the PSM from the federal government.
He remembered that such a bid had also been made in the recent past by the Sindh administration.
In addition, the union chief of the PSM officials said that they were preparing country-wide demonstrations along with labour unions and political parties against the sacking of PSM workers to place pressure on the Centre to take back thousands of employees from retrenchment.
A briefing with the Sindh Labor Minister was also arranged by the PSM workers on Wednesday.
Mr Ghani was also scheduled to hold a press conference on the issues on Thursday, Maqsood Ahmed said, and they were waiting for it before launching a potential course of action.