Traders warn of strike if 
loadshedding not stopped

KARACHI — Industrialists of Karachi on Friday warned the government of total shutdown of their businesses unless Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) stops loadshedding in industrial estates of the city.

By (Our Correspondent)

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Published: Sun 31 Jul 2011, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:23 PM

The threat to shut down was given after an urgent meeting held by officials of the industrial estates that generates over 50 per cent of the country’s revenues and employs millions of workers.

During the meeting, it was also decided that the government should exempt city’s industrial areas from loadshedding. Presently the industrial areas are facing eight to 12 hours loadshedding

The industrialists also warned that if the loadshedding was not stopped millions of workers would have to be made redundant and that could worsen the already deteriorating law and order situation in the counrtry’s commercial hub.

“Due to the long hours of loadshedding, the industrial sector so far had lost billions of rupees of precious foreign exchange as thousands of hours of production resulting the export orders could not be delivered on time”, the meeting claimed.

The industrialists warned that the KESC would be held responsible if hundreds of thousands of workers are be rendered jobless due to the planned industrial shutdown.

“The government should seriously take notice of the grim situation otherwise it will be deprived of precious revenue to the tune of billions of rupees being generated by our industrial areas”, warned Chairman of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, Syed Johar Ali Qandhari.

They decided to call an emergency meetings of respective general bodies to decide the future line of action .


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