ISLAMABAD - Creating a work environment that is free of employment discrimination is indispensable; however, the statistics of increased litigation continue to demonstrate the employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation and so is the case in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

According to officials, out of total 4300 employees of Pims around 1100 were in litigation that was the highest number after Capital Administration Authority (CDA). As the new administration is trying to minimise the employee litigation by streamlining the system and upholding merit and seniority, though the number has reduced still 278 cases are being heard in different courts. 

Most of the lawsuits are against out of turn promotions and allotment of houses. Those who have links and influences are promoted to next grades out of turn.

Even many from other hospitals of the country manage to get appointments in higher grades at the major public sector hospital of the capital that cause heartburning among its permanent employees and they move the courts to seek redressal of their grievances. 

This kind of litigation generates a nasty repute of the organisation and prevents staff from performing their duties and adversely affecting the working of the hospital.  The expected appointment of Dr Warriach as vice chancellor of a new medical university has also been challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and the court restrained the federal government from promoting Dr Riaz Warraich as the vice chancellor of a medical university that is yet to be established.

Pims Executive Director Dr Riaz Warriach informed that around 300 posts of the hospital are lying vacant and over 200 employees are in litigation. They don’t perform their duties and remain busy in courts to pursue their cases.

Now we are trying to minimise the employee litigation by streamlining the system, he said. Those who were promoted out of turn are demoted and houses allotted out of seniority are being cancelled. We have been preparing seniority lists and cases of different grades according to their seniority are being sent to Ministry of Capital Administration and Development for promotions for the first time.   

He informed that the central selection board at Ministry of CAD Wednesday promoted 6 associate professors of grade 19 to 20. On March 5 more officials of grade 18 will be promoted to 19 and, likewise, promotion cases of nurses and paramedics are also in the pipeline.