Class IV employees rally for pay release – Journal

SWAT: Newly hired Class IV Health Department employees staged a protest on Monday for the release of their salaries.

About 150 newly recruited health department workers along with members of the District Chapter Office of the Class IV Employees Association marched from the district courts and gathered outside the Swat Press Club.

Addressing the gathering, Syed Khattab, district chairman of the association, senior vice chairman Ikramullah Ikram, sub-division chairman Abdul Akbar and others said that in the recent past around 220 people had been recruited by the health department as Class IV employees, but after more than six months, the majority of them were not receiving salaries.

“Of the Health Department’s 220 newly hired Class IV employees, only 70 are receiving their salaries. The others have been waiting for their salary since their recruitment,” they said.

They said the remaining 150 employees faced many problems. “Every month they go to the district accounting office, but the accounting officer uses delaying tactics and fires them without releasing their salaries,” they said.

They alleged that officials from the district accounting office demanded bribes from them in exchange for releasing their salaries. “Poor employees don’t know where to go and where to seek help in unlocking their own legal salaries,” they added.

They called on the Chief Minister and other lawmakers to take legal action against Accounts Section officers for failing to pay salaries.

Posted in Dawn, September 7, 2022