Turnaround plan: Minister warns protesters against halting trains

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LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq conceded on Friday that though rail workers had a democratic right to protest he would not brook any attempt to block train operations in the country.

Speaking to labour union representatives at the Railway Headquarters in Lahore on Friday, the minister threatened to take disciplinary action against protesters who dared to halt the functioning of Pakistan Railways.

This year’s budget by and large ignored workers in the public sector and rail worker s like others were not given a salary increase. Subsequently, rail workers staged demonstrations in Lahore and Karachi.

“If Pakistan Railways turns into a financially sound institution, the lives of workers will improve as profit will then be distributed amongst them,” Rafiq said.

“Now that the Pakistan Railways had been made into a corporation, it will survive on its own resources and funds should not be sought from the federal government.” Rafiq also told trade unions that he would not allow political groupings in the department.

Courtesy:  Tribune

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