MIANWALI, Jan 11: A huge rally was taken out by the workers of Agri Tech Fertilisers Fatory, Iskandarabad, here on Jan 10 who have been rendered jobless because of the unit’s closure six months back after disconnection of gas supply.
Around a kilometer long rally comprising cars, vans, buses and motorcycles started in the morning from Iskandarabad and after covering 35km distance arrived at Ikranm Niazi Shaheed Chowk in front of the district courts, where it was welcomed by local traders, lawyers and social workers.
On its way, the rally was joined by activists of various political parties and people from different walk of life who wanted to show solidarity with the factory workers who had been denied salaries for the last six months.
The rally participants carrying placards and banners inscribed with their demands and chanting slogans against the government’s inaction at the poor workers plight.
The factory was closed six months ago due to disconnection of Sui gas supply. The factory management tried their best to get the gas supply restored but to no avail.
The gas supply is meant for the generation of electricity to run the factory.
The factory workers had also been staging a sit-in (dharna) in front of the factory for the last two months that has been visited by almost all local politicians and parliamentarians to show their sympathies. However, none of the promises made to the protesters was fulfilled.
During the rally, a huge police contingent was deployed at the intersection to avoid any untoward incident.
Addressing the participants at Niazi Chowk the union leaders, traders, political activists and others demanded the government to take notice of the situation and restore the gas supply to factory for providing relief to the jobless workers who were finding it hard to sustain.
The workers vowed to continue the protest till acceptance of their demands. They threatened to block highways in the district in the coming days if their demands were not met.
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 11, 2018