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PIA management requests union leaders to call off protest


Karachi; December 20, 2015

PIA management has requested its union leaders to call off their protest as Company's employees have been assured that their rights are fully protected in the new structure of PIACL, said spokesman PIA in a statement issued here today.

He said in order to remove the reservations of PIA's employees on the Presidential Ordinance and to propose steps for improving the performance of PIA a committee has been constituted who shall submit its report within two weeks. Mr. Shujaat Azeem has excused himself from heading this committee, he clarified.

The new Company formed under the Ordinance shall be more powerful to take decisions and protect the interest of employees. Government's control over the management will now be considerably reduced, he said.

The spokesman said that to give boost to PIACL's operations government will look for strategic partners to jointly pool the resources and run the affairs of the company while retaining the majority shares. However the privatization of PIA is not being considered and neither will it be if PIA continues to show improvement, he said.

Any disruption in flight schedule will cause huge losses to the national airline while creating inconvenience for travelers, he added.