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PIA workers on full strike after PM Nawaz bans union activity

05:39 PM | 1 Feb, 2016
PIA workers on full strike after PM Nawaz bans union activity
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - Employees of the national flag carrier have announced to shut down operations from Tuesday (February 2), because of what they called the government’s refusal to accept their main demand of calling off the organisation’s privatisation plan.

While PIA Joint Action Committee announced shutting down all kind of operations across the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif enforced the Essential Service Act for six months - a move which bars protesting members of the Pakistan International Airlines from participating in any union activity.

The aviation division had sent a summary to the prime minister which was approved on Monday.

According to the new act, all PIA unions stand dissolved with immediate effect.

The government move prompted the PIA employees announcing shutting down operations.

Soon after the PM's decision to enforce the Essential Services Act was announced, Chief of Joint Action Committee of PIA's protesting employees Capt Sohail Baloch told journalists that the body will go ahead with the strike they had announced earlier.

"We are going to go ahead with our plan. I don't know what the restrictions are... but if there are any restrictions we are ready to face them, even if we are baton-charged," he said.

He said the organisation was ready for negotiations but it was unbelievable that the government promulgated the Mandatory Services Act despite PIA employees’ ongoing protest.

“Rest assured we will not fly from tomorrow 7pm. There is no way we are going to let the government privatise the PIA,” he told the media.

“Our sit-in will continue as per schedule. However, we are open to talks,” he added. “We are also ready if government resorts to baton-charge.”

The PIA employees kept the administration offices closed against a bill that recently sailed through the National Assembly, converting the airlines into a public limited company.

Meanwhile, the PIA management has asked the employees to call off their protest and resume duty and said that because of workers’ strike for six days the organisation had incurred a loss of Rs600 million.

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 20 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 20, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.85 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.70.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.35 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.85 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.7 74.42
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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