KARAK, Oct 7: Labour union leaders have demanded payment of compensation to the heirs of those labourers who had lost their lives in the salt and gypsum mines of Karak.
They threatened to launch a protest movement if their demands were not accepted.
The labour leaders, including its district president Naveed Khattak and general secretary Taj Mohammad, were addressing the labourers at Lakhani here on Oct 6 where the miners observed a brief strike against delay in acceptance of their demands.
They urged the government to implement the relevant laws to ensure welfare of the mine workers.
They said that a labourer of salt mines, Gul Daraz Khan, was killed and his colleague Mir Afzal seriously injured when the salt mine caved in sometime back at Lakhani area, but so far no compensatory payment had been made to the victims.
They claimed that similar incidents had also occurred in Bahaderkhel and Narri Panos areas and the compensation amount had not been paid to the affected people.
They complained that no safety equipment was provided to the labourer by the mine leaseholders.
They demanded that action should be taken against the leaseholders not providing safety equipment to the workers.
They said that the families of the victims should be compensated without any delay.
Published by Daily Dawn on Oct 7, 2015