NAUNDERO: Agitating Naundero Sugar Mill workers (NSM) called off their strike on the intervention of SSP Larkana: Khalid Mustafa Korai.
Korai held talks with the employees and mill management. General Manager Rao Shafique & Finance Manager Hamza Ali Charani held talks with Aziz Abbasi: Siddique Katpar: Ahmed Shah & others in which the mill management undertook to resolve the issue of the employees within two days. On getting this assurance and on the intervention of SSP: the workers immediately called off their strike and started work.
Earlier PPP-SB Chairperson Ghinwa Bhutto arrived here on Wednesday evening and expressed solidarity with the agitating employees of Naundero Sugar Mills (NSM).
While talking to media: she said that ever since the privatization of this mill: the highhandedness of the management was continuously rising against the labourers. She said the peasants were suffering due to delayed payment of their sugarcane. She further said that Zardari and Nawaz are two sides of one coin and added that talks with the Taliban would only succeed when truly elected people’s government would come to power.
She further said that terrorist acts were being carried out in the localities where only poor people live. She assured the workers that when their government came: the NSM would be nationalized.
PPP-SB workers: including Ghulam Hyder Narejo and Waryam Channo: Mazdoor Ittehad’s Shahab Khan Shaikh & Aziz Abbasi and JSQM leader Hameed Soomro were also present on the occasion.
Over 650 employees of NSM continued their protests: staged sit-in and took out a large rally throughout the day on the demanding increase in their monthly salary as per the declared policy of Sindh government from Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 and other facilities according to labour laws.
They closed down the mill on Tuesday due to which large rows of loaded sugarcane trucks and tractor trolleys were seen standing outside the mill gate: creating serious traffic jams on the busy road due to which the commuters suffered the most. They staged sit-in from 10am to 4pm outside main gate of the mill. Thereafter they took out a protest rally and went one kilo meter away to ex-President House here where they again chanted slogans against the mill administration. They staged sit-in but nobody came out of the house to assure the labourers that their demands would be accepted or sent to higher authorities for perusal. The employees were telephonically informed by their family members that the mill’s security men had come to the quarters and had asked to vacate the 90 residential quarters immediately. On hearing this: they returned back to the mill and staged sit-in outside the main gate again: chanting slogans against the mill owners and the current management. They were holding banners: placards and portraits of slain PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto.
On the occasion: heavy contingents of police were deployed which did not allow the agitating employees to go indie the mill. Commissioner Larkana also arrived but returned back without any talks with the employees.
Ahmed Shah: Siddique Katpar: Ghulam Mustafa Ansari: Habibullah and others while talking to Media said that the mill management had betrayed them and deviated from their earlier promise that their monthly salaries would be increased while annual increments would be given along with overtime when they would be asked to work on holidays.