RAWALPINDI: The government has completed its plan to fire more than 400 regular employees of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) through a Golden Handshake scheme.
According to sources, employees and highly-placed officials, the plan to end services of PTDC workers would be implemented from January 31, 2020 and all tasks in regards to this have been completed. List of employees/officials to be sacked has also been completed and forwarded to the management/high-ups of the PTDC.
The plan of sacking the services has created tension among all the PTDC employees, including officials.
On the other hand, the representatives of PTDC Employees Union the other say managed to gain stay from the National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC) against the government’s decision.
President of Employees Union, Majid Yaqoob told this correspondent that the NIRC has stayed the decision of the government in favor of the PTDC employees and officials who are working as regular staff for the last more than 20 years.
Majid Yaqoob along with other union representatives said that earlier the government had planned to sack 137 employees while accommodating other staff in different sections of Punjab Tourism Department.
According to the new plan, the services of over 400 regular employees are being terminated. He said the affected employees associated with PTDC for more than 20 years would get nothing in return except for being paid only three basic salaries as additional amount as well as with the Provident Fund and Gratuity dues.
The government while coming into power had promised to provide jobs to the unemployed but instead of it now it is terminating services of PTDC employees which is equal to creating joblessness which is an unwarranted decision, the union president remarked.
When the same correspondent approached official spokesman, Mukhtar Ahmed, Media Head PTDC, for his comments he refused comment on the issue. Managing Director, Syed Intikhab Alam is the right person to speak about the issue, he said.
Syed Intikhab Alam, while commenting over the matter, agreed that the decision has been completed and the services of over 300 or more employees would be sacked under Golden Handshake Scheme.
The managing director elaborated and said that before the plan to enforce the decision, we debated comprehensively in the cabinet meeting. The government is committed to restructure and revamp tourism sector.
In accordance with the restructuring plan of the tourism sector, decision to sacking PTDC regular employees has been decided.
It is the right of employees and officials to protest the decision but the decision is being enforced in the best interests of tourism which include its restructuring, he said.