SWABI - Fuji Corn Complex (FCC) workers who faced en bloc termination order staged a protest demonstration and leaders of numerous political parties and heads of labour organizations from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province supported their struggle here on Wednesday.

The incident occurred just a day before the May Day and the factory was closed down on the Labour Day. Sources in the management of the factory said that the factory was facing losses, which forced them to shut down it.

The workers said they did not receive their termination letters and the factory was locked on Monday last. The notification about the closure of the factory was also not shown to them. All the workers and their leaders declared that there was complete unity among them and they would work together for the reversal of the termination order and reopening of the factory.

Early Wednesday morning, the workers gathered at the two gates of the factory, however, the entrance points were kept locked.

It has been learnt that a plan was in place to deal with the workers if they turned violent. However, the workers remained peaceful, only blocked the Swabi-Jahangira road for a short time and the leaders of the political parties did not allow them to keep the roadblock for the traffic.

Leaders of the political parties who visited them included Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan MNA Usman Khan Tarakai, MPA Sardar Ali, former district nazim, Shahram Khan Tarakai, PPP(S) district leader Abdul Karim Khan, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf leader Sohail Khan, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam leader Asad Zaman Sher, workers and leaders of Nowshera Sheet Glass Factory.

Later, the management of the factory held talks with the leaders of political parties and workers. The workers demanded opening of the factory and if the management of the factory was not in mood then golden handshake should be given to them.

However, Mohim Shah one of the leaders of the workers said that the officials of the factory declared that they could not do anything without the green signal from central office at Fuji Foundation Rawalpindi.

The workers announced that their protest would continue till Friday and if the management of the factory failed to meet their two demands then they would announce a new line of action after their consultations and meetings with different union leaders.

Labour Director Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also visited the factory.

He also failed to break the deadlock. The workers said that they had already approached the Labour Court Peshawar and hearing of their case would be held today.