Protests for Raising Compensation and Benefits at Engro Fertilizer - October 11, 2011

The Contract workers of Engro Fertiliser, a subsidiary of Engro Corporation, are protesting outside the company’s largest manufacturing unit ($ 1.1 billion single train urea plant) in Daharaki while demanding raise in compensation and benefits.

The protests have not yet materialized into strike action as these workers protests in the morning outside the factory gates before going to work. The Company currently employs 930 contract workers of which 800 are participating in this protest. These protests are organized by Engro Fertilizer Contract Workers Union which has submitted its charter of demand to the management, however without any response from management. The union claims that some of the contract workers are working on contract for around 20 years however their services have not been regularized. However, management is of the view that these contract workers are not directly employed by it and these workers are actually employees of a labour supplier firm. There is also a dispute on how much the workers are paid by the firm. Union claims that workers are paid between Rs. 7,500 to 10,000 per month while management claims that they are rather paid between Rs. 9,000 to 15,000 per month.

Source: Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2011.