Strike of OGDC Employees Against Privatization

The strike of the OGDC employees against privatization continued today as well, on Jinnah Avenue, in front of the OGDCL building. It has ben going on for several days now. This is what was left after the procession dispersed:

Banner on the Ground

Banner on the Ground

The Black Side Banner

The Black Side Banner

The Hunger Strike Banner

The Hunger Strike Banner

Canopy For the Protesters

Canopy For the Protesters

And all this happened in front of the OGDCL building, standing tall on Jinnah Avenue.

OGDCL Building on Jinnah Avenue

OGDCL Building on Jinnah Avenue

I hope that the demands of the employees of OGDC are met. Privatization is not the solution to every problem and our government should realize this.

4 Comments so far

  1. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on November 13th, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    گورنمنٹ نے بس ایک پالیسی پکڑی ہویی ہے کہ اشوز بانتے رہو
    قوم کو بھسا کر رکھو تاکہ اصل مسایل کی طرف انکی توجہ نا ایے
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  2. kaami on November 14th, 2008 @ 1:45 am

    This is the union baggage that comes with PPP. People tend to forget, but I distinctly remember that institutions like MCB, Steel Mills, PASSCO, Telecoms and what not were at the mercy of the union leaders during the subsequent PPP govts driving them to ground in a very short period of time. It’s only in the past eight years or so that these institutions were cleaned up and made profitable. Some were eventually sold to the private sector and are doing good. However, now more trouble is brewing in this troubled land. The black mailing unions have been revived and their leaders, who are nothing more than thugs, are coming to the fore with a vengeance. All thanks to the lawyers, the talk show hosts, the black mailing journalists, the jihadi’s and the stupid idealists – You have done a great service to this country!


  3. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on November 17th, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    @ duffer
    I partially agree to what you said because i believe this is a problem to too. Not maybe for us, but for the people who are in the direct range of fire.

    @ kaami
    I believe that to correct something bad, another bad thing should never be done. Maybe what you said about the aforementioned organizations being at the mercy of union leader is true. However, i disagree that privatization made things all better. There is an up side and a down side to everything. Privatization may be good in some cases. But i stand by my words that privatization is not the solution to every problem.

    PS: I thought the ruling was given against the government of the time to privatize the Steel Mills. Will check my references to confirm.

    @ All
    Thanks for reading the post and commenting. :-)


  4. kaami on November 18th, 2008 @ 1:07 am

    Governments job is to regulate and not run the business.

    Yes the privatization of Steel Mills was stopped, not as a principle but there were noticeable problems with its valuation. But the way in which it was done, hurt the whole privatiztion process and now the Steel Mills is again in danger of going down the drain. if we had one Steel Mills in the hands of private sector, there would surely now be more.

    However, there have been quite a few success stories like the Banks, who have grown and their assets are safe from corrupt politicians, PTCL is another example as are many other privatized institutions that grew rapidly after the fact.

    Private enterprise, promotes merit, hard work and accountability. They strive to grow and expand, generating more employment in the long run and with competion offer better pay scales. See the affects in the financial, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors in the past eight where salaries have spiked as a result of competition, all to the benefit of the employees.

    This does not mean that there have not been failures but as a rule I will stress again, "There is no Business of government in running Business" Its job is to regulate and provide incentive by developing infrastructure, providing services such as public transpot, health, education and a secure environment for investment. If you mix roles then everything srews up.



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