Neelum Jhelum Hydro-power project employees warn to strike

MUZAFFARABAD: The locally recruited employees of Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) have warned of a strike if a Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is unable to resolve the issue of their ‘absorption’.

A previous lockdown strike was cancelled by the union after Chairman WAPDA Lt-Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain during the inauguration of the NJHP powerhouse in March 2018, publically announced that their demand would be met and no hired employee would be deprived of their job.

The NJHP management had been manipulating to fill the vacancies in the project through transfers/inductions of the employees from WAPDA and other projects, which had rendered the existing human resource insecure, instead of safeguarding the future of the already recruited employees, NJHPC Labour Union (CBA) president informed Sheikh Altaf.

As per rules in WAPDA, an employee with a service of three years would become permanent, but the jobs of employees in NJHP weren’t secure even after being in service for more than 10 years.

He further complained that no tangible decision has been made till this day.

Briefing about serving a notice to strike prior this, neither WAPDA nor NJHPC management had stepped up to avert and ensure a peaceful resolution of the issue.

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