RAWALPINDI: Just a day after the government enacted the Pakistan Essential Services Act 1952, the management of Pakistan International Airlines canceled agreements with all PIA employees' organizations except the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA).
This step was taken by PIA to rescue, evacuate and repatriate Pakistanis stranded in different countries of the world.
According to the notification issued by the PIA administration, all the employees' organizations except the CBA were suspended for six months.
It should be noted that CBA is a constitutional body that negotiates with the management on behalf of the employees.
The disqualified organizations include Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA), Senior Staff Association, Airline Technologists Association of Pakistan, Society of Aircraft Engineers of Pakistan, and Pakistan Airlines Cabin Crew Association.
Remember that these organizations represent only PIA employees and not workers of other airlines.
The PIA administration took this step as a necessary operation and to free the company from the clutches of various groups that are trying to form a parallel administration.
According to the notification, this is with the guarantee that these measures are not against the employees but are aimed only at maintaining the continuity of the company's operations.
In this regard, separate letters were sent to the heads of all the above organizations.
From now on, there will be only one approved body for negotiating between management and employees, which is the CBA and has legal status under Section 19 of the Industrial Relations Act 2012.
Thus, not all cases filed by these associations will be processed, however, individual applications will be decided on merit.
In addition, as a result of the termination of contracts, orders of administrators were issued separately.
The letter to workers' union leaders also said it was not intended to reduce salaries, benefits, allowances, and other benefits for employees.