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Railway Workers Protest Delayed Salaries

RAWALPINDI: The Railway Labour Alliance, a representative organization of Pakistan Railways employees, has escalated its protests regarding the ongoing issue of delayed salary disbursements.

Railway Workers Protest Delayed Salaries

Railway employees staged a protest on a railway track at the Cant station, leading to the suspension of operations. Trains affected at the Rawalpindi Railway Station included the Rehman Baba Express, Hazara Express, Kohat Express, and Green Line Express. Consequently, thousands of passengers were left stranded and endured significant inconvenience.

The demonstration resulted in a two-hour delay, leaving approximately 500 passengers stuck in their compartments. The protest was spearheaded by Babar Qadri, the chairman of the Railway Labour Alliance, and saw participation from employees representing various departments.

Train Operations Suspended Across Country

Previously, Pakistan Railways had made a decision to upgrade and commercialize railway stations to generate substantial revenue on a large scale.

The protest was led by the office-bearers of the Carriage and Wagon Staff Association of Pakistan Railways and leaders of the labor-alliance, including Shaukat Ali Awan, Dr. Babar Khan Qadri, Raja Khalid, Waseem Shah, and Shaukat Khan Jadoon.

During the protest, Babar Qadri emphasized the critical issue of unpaid salaries, underscoring that it was already October 24th, and employees were yet to receive their wages. This delay has had severe consequences as workers grapple with fulfilling their financial commitments, including children’s education fees and utility bills.

Railway Workers Stop Trains Against Non-Payment Of Salaries

Caretaker Railways minister Shahid Ashraf Tarar shared this information while presiding over a meeting to review the plan for upgrading and commercializing Rawalpindi railway station in Islamabad.

During the discussion, they explained that the workers were experiencing poverty and were unable to cover their daily living expenses. They pointed out that it had become exceedingly difficult for the workers to pay for school fees, electricity, and gas bills, purchase essential medicines, and acquire everyday necessities.

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