Published on September 13th, 2009 | by Babar Bhatti0
PTCL Management Responds To Union Protests
PTCL senior management, controlled by UAE based Etisalat, has been playing a careful game with its employees and union workers since privatisation. It has gone through voluntary separations, change in policies, lay offs etc. Recently there were protest by PTCL employee union and PTCL responded to that by providing some carrots to the employees, which were covered in a press conference. In the press conference senior HR executives talked about profitability of PTCL, pay increase, foreign nationals working for PTCL and the relationship with union workers. The News reports:
PTCL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resource Syed Mazhar Hussain said that foreign nationals working for the improvement of the PTCL are from the UAE, Sri Lanka and the Sudan. However, some of them belonged to Pakistan as they were working with Etisalat for last several years, he added. He was accompanied by Executive Vice President of Communication and Corporate Ali Qadir Gilani.
Answering a query, he said that the Board of Directors of PTCL approved 20 per cent raise in the basic salary for grade 1 to 16 employees while 15 per cent raise was granted to officers. He said that the PTCL also granted bonus with minimum provision of Rs7,500 before Eid in order to give relief to employees.
When he was asked about delays in paying installments by the Etisalat in shape of privatization of the PTCL to the government of Pakistan, he said that this question should be asked by the Privatization Commission, and PTCL management had nothing to say anything on this issue.
Answering a query about reduced profits of the PTCL after privatization, he said that although the profits reduced, but the market analysis showed that the call rate stood at Rs48 per minute from Lahore to Karachi which now nosedived to 60 paisas, resulting into scaling down of profits.
But he claimed that the profit earned by the PTCL was much more than the collective earning of 60 to 70 players of the telecom sector, including the cellular companies.
He clarified that the PTCL management did not strike any deal with the protesting employees as they were trying to get “political mileage” for the upcoming referendum, which is going to take place after Eidul Fitr.
He said that the PTCL management had taken decision not to bow down before any effort to get blackmailed from any anyone. To another query, he said the PTCL gave its consent in the court for granting bail to those who were arrested by the police when these protestors tried to block network operation system as well as data centre where the bill software was installed.