Rawalpindi - Female daily wage workers yesterday staged a protest demonstration in front of the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Office for non-payment of salaries to them for the last four months.
The female workers were hired by the district government in October 2015 to launch anti-dengue campaign in Rawalpindi.
Some 40 female workers chanted slogans against DCO Sajid Zafar Dall, EDO Health Dr Arshad Ali Sabir and other high-ups of Punjab health department. They threatened of staging a sit-in outside the DCO Office if the government failed to pay them their salaries.
Later, the female protestors dispersed after holding talks with EDO Health as DCO Sajid Zafar Dall was not present in his office.
A female worker on condition of anonymity told The Nation that the government had hired their services for anti-dengue campaign but did not pay salary to them for the last four months.
She said that she and other female workers were compelled to carry out protest as their supervisors had given disappointing response on the issue of salaries. The worker said that she started the work on October 10, 2015 and did not receive any salary from the Punjab government.
Another protestor said the workers opened their salary accounts in the Bank of Punjab two months ago but had received any salary so far.
She said that she was promised to obtain Rs14,400 every month for her work. She said that the government renewed contract of all workers for next month but did not pay their salaries. Other workers said that they joined the work to support their family and children but the government was not paying them their salaries.
The district government with approval from the Punjab government had hired some 700 workers to support the District Health Department for campaign against the dengue.
According to a source, EDO Heath Dr Arshad Ali Sabir held a meeting with the protesting female daily wage workers in the office of DCO. He assured the workers that they would be paid due salaries on February 8.
Despite repeated attempts, EDO Health was not available for his version on the issue.