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Protesting workers close Ghori Cement Factory’s gate

Protesting workers close Ghori Cement Factory’s gate

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Dec 23, 2018 - 17:59

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Workers of the Ghori Cement Factory in northern Baghlan province have shut the factory’s main gate in protest against a 500 afghanis cut from their monthly salaries in the name of pension fund.

Nisar Ahmad, head of the Ghorinfo-icon Factory Workers Union, said a privately-owned firm, the Afghan Cement Company, was running the Ghori factory for the past 12 years and had since been deducting an amount of money from their salaries in the name of retirement money.

“Now as the government has revoked its contract with the Afghan Cement, no one knows the fate of the money collected so far,” he said.

Nazir Khan, a factory worker, said he had been working in the factory for the past 11 years. “In the name of retirement money, over 500 afghanis are monthly deducted from us. Now the fate of our money is unknown and the government should ask the Afghan Cement company about it,” he said.

Ghor Factory head Abdul Marouf Sarwar refused to comment on the issue.

Deputy Governor Abdul Qadem Niyazi said the Ghori Cement Factory was yet to be handed over to the government.

“The factory is still run by the private sector, if there is any plan to get the factory back by the state, it will take four months time,” he said.

“If we ignore this issue, then the workers have legal right to raise their voice, it is premature to protest,” he said.

The Ghori Cement Factory was handed over to the Afghan Cement Company for 49 years, but the contract was revoked in August under a presidential order.

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