JAC snubs PALPA call, vows to continue strike

KARACHI, Feb 06 (INP): Joint Action Committee of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Saturday rejecting Pakistan Airlines Pilot Association demand to resume flight operations, vowed to continue their strike against proposed privatisation of the national flag carrier.

According to JAC spokesman, the PALPA representatives are attending the sit-in, adding that the flights operation would not be resumed till demands of the protesting PIA workers would be met.

He said that the joint action committee would announce future course of action after holding final round of talks with the government.

The JAC spokesman further said that the protesting employees are united and that every effort to create division would ultimately fail.

He said all those PIA employees who are proposing resumption of flight operations should remember the killings of their protesting colleagues.

Meeting between the Privatisation Commission Chairman Zubair Umar and the PIA Joint Action Committee ended without a solution on Friday night, with Umar demanding that flight operations be restored first while the JAC wants their demands to be met before anything else.

Meanwhile, Another 30 international and domestic flights were cancelled on Saturday due to the ongoing strike. Dozens of flights are cancelled everyday extending losses of the national airline above billions of Rupees.
No private airline has accommodated abandoned PIA customers who have confirmed tickets of the protesting airline. Ittehad, Shaheen and AirBlue airlines have refused to give alternative tickets to PIA customers.
However, Pakistan International Airline has recommended its deserted customers to refund their tickets .
Reportedly, employees used to come to their work places, mark attendance and leave for protest. Airport Security Force (ASF) has revoked entry passes of the employees at all airports in the country.
For five consecutive days, PIA employees have apparently boycotted work against government’s decision to privatize the company. The protesters are not willing for privatization of the company

PALPA president Amir Hashmi said that pilots are ready to come on duty, if fifty percent of the PIA staff supports the pilots, flight operations can be resumed.

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