Lady health workers protest non-payment of salaries in Karachi

KARACHI Nov 16: A large number of lady health workers (LHW) protested Thursday against non-payment of salaries reportedly for the past five months

The agitated health workers recorded their protest outside the Polo Ground in the city. However, since no official came to hear their grievance, the protesters started marching towards the Chief Minister House.

According to the LHWs, they have not been paid for the past five months.

The protesting LHWs blocked the road from Shaheen Complex to PIDC, saying they would not disperse until their demands are heard.

A heavy contingent of police was present in the area, which was barring the protesters from moving towards the Red Zone of the city.

  •  after meeting senior officials of the government and being assured of their grievances being settled, the protesters dispersed.
  • The protest was not the first carried out by LHWs in the city.
  • Multiple protests and sit-ins have been carried out by agitated health workers, who are the ones on the front line when drives such as those against polio are carried out. Some have also lost their lives in the line of duty.

Not only in Sindh but across Pakistan, LHWs have been protesting since a few years for various reasons, including those pertaining to their upgradation, regularisation or non-payment of salaries.

However, no proper system has been put in place for the workers to continue their duty in a smooth manner.