LOWER DIR: Hundreds of government employees including teachers, clerks, class IV workers, sub engineers and drivers on Thursday boycotted their duties and took to streets against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa proposed pension reforms and possible deduction from their salaries. The protesters led by leaders of the All Government Employees Grand Alliance (AGEGA) gathered at Balambat and marched on the roads to Timergara. The charged government workers culminated outside the Timergara press club and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.
Addressing the rally Alamgir Khan, President administration clerical staff,
AGEGA general secretary Muslim Khan, Ubaidur Rehman Class IV President, All Pakistan Clerks Association President Sehat Jan, All Primary Teachers Association President Qazi Habibullah and others alleged the KP government wanted to cut workers salaries that was tantamount to their financial killing. They said that the 2011 and 2015 allowances had been removed from workers’ pensions by the previous government, which caused a lot of loss to the employees.
They said that earlier when both the husband and wife retired from government jobs, both were being given pension, but the previous government changed the policy and now one of the couple would get pension.
They added that preparations were being made to withdraw 35% and 25% ad hoc increase from government employees’ salaries but ironically the judiciary and the Pakistan Army were not included in this policy. The speakers said the government should not test nerves of its workers and it should take all government employees into confidence before making important decision regarding their future. The said that all government employees would gather in Peshawar for a massive protest if the government failed to satisfy them soon.