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Employees agree to end protest after govt's promise to increase salary

Employees agree to end protest after govt's promise to increase salary
February 11, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Major development in negotiations between federal government committee and protesting government employees as the employees agreed to end protest after the government promises a 20% pay increase and the immediate release of protesters.

According to the details garnered, the government assured the protesting employees increase in salaries of Grade 1 to 22 employees in the next budget.

Talks between a government committee and representatives of the federal government employees protesting for a raise in salaries a day earlier have reportedly been successful.

A delegation of the government employees has been assured of a 20% increase in their salaries and the release of all arrested government employees. A notification for it is expected today (Thursday).

The talks took place at Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak's house.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid confirmed news of the talks on Twitter. He has instructed the Islamabad administration to release all arrested employees immediately.

 

Khattak, Ahmed and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan participated in the talks on behalf of the government.

Earlier on Wednesday, Islamabad's D-Chowk turned into battlefield as the Islamabad police fired tear gas shells at protesting government employees during their demonstration on Wednesday.

It is pertinent to mention here that the protesters have asked the federal and provincial governments to increase their salaries and pensions.

According to the details, the government employees gathered at D-Chowk and planned to march towards Parliament House. The police fired tear gas shells to stop them from marching.

Water cannons and tear gas shells are fired at the protesters while many protesters have been arrested. Police are also being stoned by federal employees.

The government officers are chanting slogans against the government and have blocked the road.

Many federal ministers, included Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed, have assured the government officers that their demands will be met. The protesters have, however, said that they don't want any verbal commitments. The government should issue a notification and confirm the increase in our salaries, the protesters said.