Teachers stage sit-in against unpaid salaries

September 2, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Several teaching and non-teaching staff members of the Sindh education department on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside Bilawal House here against their unpaid salaries since August 2012; however, the department officials had termed their appointments illegal.

The teachers, which include male and female teachers, gathered under the platform of New Teachers’ Action Committee led by Abu Bakr Abro and staged sit-in outside Bilawal House. They shouted slogans against the education department’s additional secretary, Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, who had said that the protesting teachers were appointed in violation of the rules and regulations.

Talking to PPI, Abu Bakr Abro said that they had been performing duties regularly since the time of their ‘appointment’ in August 2012 but the government had not paid them anything. “The government even asked us to perform election duties at various polling stations across the city and we obliged.”

“The Sindh education department advertised the posts on February 12, 2012. We applied and successfully passed the interview and written test,” he said.

He said that they came here with the intention to stage sit-in outside Bilawal House unless a notification for the release of their unpaid salaries is issued. “We are bringing tents and other equipments and will not move from here till our demands are met.”

Meanwhile, a delegation comprising Coordinator to Chief Minister Sindh Rashid Rabbani and Sindh government Spokesman Waqar Mehdi met the protestors and assured them that Education Minister Nisar Khuhro was ready to meet them at his office tomorrow. “We told the protestors that education minister had taken notice of their protest and was ready to meet them at his office tomorrow,” Mehdi said.

However, the protestors refused to accept to end their sit-in despite assurances and vowed to continue their protest.

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