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HDA employees hold protest over non - payment of salaries.

HYDERABAD -- The employees of Hyderabad Development Authority (HDA) resorted to protest once again decrying non-payment of salaries for last 4 to 6 months.

On the call of HDA's Mehran Workers union, the employees staged a sit-in protest at a drainage pumping station of Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), a subsidiary of HDA, in Latifabad.

The union's General Secretary Mohammad Aslam Abbassi said both the regular and contractual staff was not receiving their salaries.

He said the Sindh Government had released Rs200 million to WASA so that the agency could pay arrears and salaries to the staff but despite availability of the funds the agency's inefficient officers were inexplicably delaying the payment.

Abbassi said the strike would be observed on a regular basis until the workers were paid.

"It seems that paying Rs6, 000 per month to the contractual staff has become a burden on the officials of HDA and WASA, " he observed.

According to him, there were 150 mechanical units working in WASA while more than 52, 000 manholes existed in Hyderabad.

"This requires a huge manpower to operate the system. The officers can never do the work of any ordinary worker, " he said.

The HDA Employees Union's organizer Aijaz Hussain said the employees who had not been paid for 6 months were being offered only 3 months salaries.

He condemned the sacking of work charge staff.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 26, 2019
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