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Termination of PTDC workers is denial of providing employment

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Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan on 8th July will address the ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work – Building a better future of work. Many other head of states will also address the summit.

While came in the government, Imran Khan promised millions of jobs with many other commitments. Prime Minister also declared Tourism as the most opportunity sector for creating new decent jobs. Unfortunately, few days back the government has decided to close the operation of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) under which many companies operating the businesses and terminated hundreds of employees who were serving since decades.

On the one hand Prime Minister will address the ILO Summit and will present the government’s strategies for decent work and a better future plan for the working class of the country and on other hand the practical situation is exactly contrary to the words.

Tourism is one of the most important sector for creating jobs but the government cannot run its own companies in this sector. PTDC was established in 1970, current Minister OP&HRD as its chairmen, was managing Flashman’s Hotel Rawalpindi, 18 tourists’ information centers, 35 Motels, Four restaurants and tourists transport services through different companies.

The workers in these facilities terminated without any prior notice and any additional benefits. Falshman’s Hotel Union was neither consulted nor taken into confidence by the management or the government.

Pakistan Hotels, Restaurant, Catering, Tourism, Clubs and Allied Workers’ Federation is the sole representative of workers in the sector. We show our concern that the commitment of the Prime Minster at any international forum has no meaning while the workers in PTDC and companies run by government has no dignity, no decency, no sustainable jobs, no future and no right of representation.

Another example of tourism workers in formal sector is the workers in Pearl Continental Hotels specially at Karachi where they are struggling to get justice since nineteen years. The government has failed to implement the recommendations of Committee on Freedom of Association of ILO.

We appeal to the Prime Minister of Pakistan that while addressing to the ILO Summit, announce the reinstatement of the workers recently dismissed from PTDC companies and take immediate action for the implementation of CFA-ILO on the issue of Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi.

Prime Minister should note, if the businesses under government control dismiss their employees and government institution fail to implement ILO recommendations, there will be no importance of his speech at that forum.

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