ISLAMABAD  - More than four thousand contract employees of Oil and Gas Development Company limited (OGDCL) have vowed to stops work, close all the oil fields of the company in case of government failure to address their demands till June 05.

President of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) oil field welfare committee Muhammad Younis during a press conference here on Saturday said that more than four thousand workers were hired through third party contract at Chanda, Mela and Nashpa oil fields of OGDCL.

He said that these workers are working on contract basis from last eight years in the company. He said that workers are performing their duties at technical and non technical posts and their salaries are very low

Muhammad Younis said that workers serving as technical staff are taking 12,000 rupees monthly salary while non-technical and helpers are taking seven thousand rupees which is insufficient to run their house business.

He said that on certain occasions, welfare committee met with Syed Khursheed Shah and Syed Naveed Qamar and informed them about the miseries of the employees but no action has been seen so far in this regard.

He said that committee had approached the court as well but their issues were not addressed.

President OGDCL oil fields welfare committee demanded President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and federal minister for Petroleum and natural resources Dr Asim Hussain to end the contract system from the department and steps should be taken for welfare and regularization of the employees. He also demanded to eliminate the contract system from the organization.