Employees of PCCC call off strike

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Employees of the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) called off their pen-down strike on the assurance of Joint Secretary Ministry of Textile to release their due emoluments by January, It has learnt.

The employees of PCCC have been deprived of 20 percent increase in the salaries in federal budget 2012-13. The employees had boycotted all official work at the PCCC in protest against their non-issuance of revised salaries.

Sources said that on Monday talks were held between Employees' Action Committee of PCCC and Joint Secretary of MINTEX Aslam Kundi in presence of Secretary PCCC Gul Mohammad and other officials concerned where employees were assured that their revised emoluments would be released in compliance with the notification of Ministry of Finance in the January 2013.

Sources said that after the assurance of MINTEX, employees had announced to call of off what they called pen-down strike. They said that earlier Accounts Section, PCCC prepared salary bill for November, 2012 including arrears of 20 percent Ad-hoc allowance and conveyance allowance and submitted to Vice-President, PCCC for approval/sanction of amount whereas, the Vice-President, PCCC instead to approve the pay bill had verbally directed the Secretary, PCCC to pay the old salary, which was totally not acceptable to the employees of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee", said that Ghulam Mohiuddin, official at PCCC.

He said that salary for the month of November, 2012 including arrears now had been approved by Joint Secretary MINTEX. "The salaries for the month of November 2012 would be disbursed soon under old formula" he told Business Recorder, adding that MINTEX has promised in a talks that revised salaries including arrears would be disbursed by the start of next year (January 2012). He said that Sindh High Court had already directed to authorities concerned to release salaries in compliance of Finance Division notification.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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