Islamabad - The protesting daily-wage employees of schools and colleges have announced to boycott local government election and exams duties over non-payment of salaries and non-regularisation of their services.

About 2,000 teaching and non-teaching staff working on daily wages for years in the federal and model educational institutions went on strike Monday, boycotting their duties and protested outside National Press Club to register their protest against non-payment of salaries and non-regularisation of their services.

Capital Administrative and Development Division’s (CADD) Secretary Hanif Khalid, MNA Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and DG Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Moin Uddin Wani yesterday held negotiations with the protesting employees. But the talks could not offer any breakthrough as the officials refused to give any assurance over pending regularisation and release of salaries.

The employees vowed to continue their protest, announcing they will neither perform assigned duties during the upcoming local government elections on November 30 nor would cast vote. So far about 10,000 employees of FDE have been assigned various duties by the Election Commission of Pakistan during the local bodies polls. The staffers have also agreed to boycott second term exams going to be started from November 23 in schools and colleges.

The issue of non-payment of salaries of about 2,000 teaching and non-teaching staffers of 422 educational institutes has been lingering on for the past six months for which the employees have been protesting on and off. Last week, CADD State Minister Usman Ibrahim had blamed bureaucracy for the delay in issuance of salaries and regularisation of their services and formed a working group headed by FDE DG to resolve the issue.

Fahad Khan, coordinator for daily wage employees, said the officials simply showed their inability to play any role for their regularisation, saying only the government’s regularisation committee can decide their fate that has not regularised a single employee in eight months. He questioned the dual policy of the governments for earlier regularising 430 employees by the previous government and asking the rest of the daily wagers of grade-15 and above to undergo FPSC exams for the regularisation. He said the protest and boycott of government duties would continue until the regularisation of employees and release of salaries as per court orders.

However, the CADD secretary insisted that the talks were successful and all issues of the employees will be resolved amicably.