19 SLSA employees held during protest in Karachi
KARACHI: Employees of the Sindh Lower Staff Association (SLSA) suffered at the hands of police once again on Monday as they were baton-charged and sprayed with water-cannons during their bid to march towards the CM House from the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
At least 14 protesters were injured and 19 arrested during the police’s crackdown to stop the protesters from marching towards CM House. The rally was held by the contractual employees of SLSA who have continuously been demanding the regularisation of their contract jobs.
Protesting employees started their march from the KPC and were headed for the CM House when heavy contingents of police charged them with batons near Bagh-e-Jinnah. At least 14 people, including the cameraman of a local TV channel, were injured in the heavy baton charge, while a number of protesters were whisked away.
SLSA’s President Darya Khan Jamali said that the police arrested 19 employees of the SLSA in today’s incident. He said despite all promises, the Sindh government had not issued any notification to regularise the lower staff of Sindh education department. He vowed to continue the token hunger strike outside KPC till their demands were met. He said their boycott would also continue in the schools of the other parts of Sindh.
Jamali added that the SLSA had called off their protests several times after the assurances from concerned authorities as well as the education department which were never fulfilled.
He added that the SLSA has decided to continue its protest until the Sindh Assembly passes resolution to regularise the lower staff of education department across Sindh. It is pertinent to mention here that Adviser to CM Sindh Rashid Rabbani had declared to regularise all 7,178 contractual employees remarking that the PPP government believed in providing jobs to the jobless people however the promises were not fulfilled.
Jamali appealed the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the matter. He also demanded the government for the release of the arrested lower staff employees.