ISLAMABAD - The employees of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) up to grade-16 observed strike and boycotted their duties against the use of force by the university administration on the families of two sacked employees.

The employees protested inside the campus and demanded the removal of the Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi, who according to them directed the security guards to attack the families.  Nearly 800 employees of Islamabad campus had resorted to protest and strike Monday against the alleged humiliation and aggression meted out to the children and wives of two sacked employees of the fired employees who were trying to meet the Vice Chancellor to appeal the restoration of their services.  

The employees resolved that they would not end their strike until the families are provided with the justice and other demands of the employees are fulfilled.  Meanwhile, according to the statement issued by university, the Vice Chancellor has constituted a five-member high-level committee to negotiate with the university’s workers who staged protest to press their demands. The committee has been given the task to immediately enter into negotiation with the agitating workers to restore complete peace in the university.  The committee will look into the causes which resulted into the unruly incident took place outside the VC’s office on June 18.

The committee will be led by the Prof Dr Syed Abdul Siraj, Chairman Mass communication department who is also executive member of the University’s executive council. The members of the committee are: Mir Mukhtar Hussain Talpur, President Officer Welfare Association, Dr. Syed Zafar Ilyas President Academic Staff Association, Dr. Syed Attaullah Shah and Haji Abdul Shakoor and senior officers of the university.

The VC advised the committee to identify the issues that caused the unruly incident, and give their findings as soon as possible to pacify the workers.  He said he had also been sympathetic to the workers and has taken a number of steps during the last two years towards their welfare and improving their working conditions.