SHC restrains KPT from sacking contractual employees meeting criterion of regularization

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC has restrained the Karachi Port Trust from sacking any contractual employee who met the criterion of regularization.

The direction came on a petition of as many as 27 contractual employees who moved the court against their termination from service by the KPT.

All the petitioners are the employees of the Trustee of Port of Karachi, who submitted before the court that they have been employed on contract basis in the different capacities. They said that they were assured that their service shall be regularized on the permanent basis.

Petitioners, KPT Workers Union through general secretary, Abdul Razzaq Memon and 26 others impleaded secretary ministry of Ports and Shipping and chairman Trustee of Port of Karachi as respondents.

They stated that KPT had before regularized the jobs of such 956 employees, who were recruited on contract basis and several against son quota. They submitted that some contract employees when they joined trade union were threatened of termination of their job, who approached to National Industrial Relations Commission NIRC and obtained injunction against their termination.

They said that they had withdrawn the case as they were offered regularization of their service. They said that their decision was passed by the cabinet chaired by Babar Khan Ghauri, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping on I.2.2012. They submitted that in order to get regularized they applied for the membership of KPT’s trade union; however, they added that when management of Trustee of KPT came to know about their act, they were threatened to be fired from jobs.

They prayed to court to declare that they are entitled to be regularized as other such employees have been regularized. They prayed to direct the respondents to regularize their jobs and also restrain respondents from terminating them.

The division bench of SHC, headed by Justice Faisal Arab issued notice to the respondents. The court ruled, “Meanwhile in case any of petitioner fall within the criteria of regularization in term of directives dated 1.2.2012 by the federal minister of ports and shipping then no one shall be removed from the job till the next hearing”.

The hearing of the case was put off till March.