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FESCO union protests end to free power facility

Faisalabad Electric Supply Company’s (FESCO) Labour Union has announced to launch a protest movement against the company’s decision to withdraw free electricity supply to the employees’ domestic connections. The union workers hoisted black flags over the FESCO offices and buildings to condemn the decision. The union leaders threatened to lock out the offices and take out protest rallies to press for their demand to withdraw the facility.
Wapda Hydro Electric Central Labour Union, FESCO Employees Pegham Union and other workers’ organisations condemned the decision taken by the federal government to withdraw subsidies for enhancing the revenue for the state exchequer. Hydro Union’s Regional Secretary Mian Rahseed Ahmed said they had launched their protests in Faisalabad, Minawali, Jhang, Layyah and Sargodha. “The free units allocated to employees are their right and it is unfair to deprive them of the facility,” he said. He threatened to close the offices and start open protest rallies until the withdrawal of the decision.
On the other hand, the members of civil society welcomed the decision and said the decision aimed at treating all the citizens equally. An analyst said the electricity bills of the ordinary consumers would come down as a result of the decision. It is generally believed that the free electricity used by employees is shown in the line losses category that is recovered from the consumers in their monthly bills. However, a FESCO official has dispelled the impression.
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