LAHORE: Alliance Employees Union of the Federal Board of Revenue has submitted a charter of demands with the Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue of Regional Tax Office, Lahore, warning to go on strike if their demands regarding their due promotions are not fulfilled within the timeframe.
The Union Central President Mian Abdul Qayyum said that workers’ promotions have been delayed for a long time as the regional heads have no power in this regard. So, the union demands that powers may be delegated to Chief Commissioners/Collectors in respect of promotion matter from BS-14 to BS-16 for speedy process of promotion.
He said initially the strike may be conducted in RTO Lahore and if workers’ grievances are not redressed the protest will be extended to all over the country. He further informed that Union’s Lahore region General Secretary Shehzad Khurshid and President Syed Naeem Abbas have submitted the charter of demands with the Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue, RTO, Lahore M Ashraf Khan and the same demands would be presented by the union’s regional leaders to Inland Revenue’s 14 regional offices heads across the country.
Mian Abdul Qayyum said many high-ups of the FBR, including Chairman Tariq Bajwa have admitted several times that workers’ demand are genuine but are not ready to implement those demands. He appreciated the National Industrial Relation Commission for vacating the stay and dismissing the appeal to ban activity of the FBR union.
He lamented the miserable security of the all regions of the FBR since no properly trained security staff has been appointed in RTOs. He said that in all offices only peons and notice servers are performing this duty, who does not even know how to catch a rifle which is absolutely a security risk.
He said that promotion of Inspectors Inland Revenue/ Ministerial Staff (Sales Tax) in respect of waiting list on (Own Pay Scale) OPS against direct quota may be taken up on priority basis. He added that all Class-IV employees, having matriculation or above qualification may be promoted.