PIA em­ploy­ees end strike, re­sume flight op­er­a­tions

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Joint ac­tion Com­mit­tee (JAC) of the em­ploy­ees of Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines (PIA) an­nounced to end the strike and asked the em­ploy­ees to re­sume flight op­er­a­tions across the coun­try with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, Joint ac­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man So­hail Baloch an­nounced the de­ci­sion to end the eight day long strike and re­quested "all the air­line work­ers to work with full ded­i­ca­tion and pay no heed to any­one try­ing to dis­rupt the flight op­er­a­tions". Baloch said that, "A kind friend ad­vised us to call off the strike." The Joint ac­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man said he will meet Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif Will reach in La­hore on Tues­day (to­day). "We hope that the meet­ing with Pun­jab chief min­is­ter will be sat­is­fac­tory and ben­e­fi­cial for both for the govern­ment and the em­ploy­ees of PIA," said Baloch.

When asked if the Joint ac­tion Com­mit­tee has re­tracted from its de­mands, Baloch said he will "ap­prise me­dia about the de­vel­op­ments af­ter meet­ing with the Pun­jab chief min­is­ter". If the Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines work­ers co­op­er­ate with each other, there is no rea­son they can­not re­vive the air­line within an year, said Baloch. "We can re­vive this air­line, we just need some sup­port and guid­ance," he claimed.

The Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines flight op­er­a­tions had par­tially re­sumed on Mon­day and the head of­fices in Karachi and Is­lam­abad were re­opened. Nu­mer­ous flight flew to their des­ti­na­tions and also ar­rived from dif­fer­ent na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions. How­ever, Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines em­ploy­ees voiced con­cerns that proper safety pro­to­col had not been fol­lowed to put the planes in the air.

Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines en­gi­neers warned the man­age­ment against op­er­at­ing flights with­out en­sur­ing the air­craft's main­te­nance pro­to­cols as it may cause se­ri­ous safety haz­ards. The Na­tional As­sem­bly on Jan­uary 21 wit­nessed the pas­sage of six bills, in­clud­ing one to con­vert the na­tional flag car­rier into a pub­lic lim­ited com­pany. Un­der the bill, Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines Cor­po­ra­tion (PIAC) is to be con­verted into a pub­lic lim­ited com­pany as Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines Com­pany Lim­ited (PIACL). The govern­ment plans to split the ail­ing na­tional flag car­rier Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines into two com­pa­nies and sell the con­trol of its core busi­ness to a global air­line, but the op­po­si­tion to the sell-off has been in­tense.

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