Christian Sweepers’ Protest Against Non-Payment Of Dues Enters Third Day
Islamabad Highway was blocked last night by sweepers due to non-payment of salaries, following an earlier lockdown on the Kashmir Highway.
A video of a massive traffic jam was shared by journalist Talat Hussain on Twitter, in which workers could be seen setting up roadblocks on Islamabad Highway.
Sweepers Are Superheroes, an online advocacy campaign for the rights of sweepers, while thanking the journalist for highlighting the issue, said that all employees got paid in advance with bonuses before their festivities but our ‘sewperheroes’ (sweepers) were humiliated every year for their hard earned labour. It added in a subsequent tweet that the protests had been happening for the last three days.
Thank you @TalatHussain12 for speaking up! All employees get paid in advance often with bonuses before their festivities but our #SewperHeroes are humiliated every year for their hard earned labor. This must end now! #PayOurSewperHeroes https://t.co/syloqQhKD5
— Sweepers Are Superheroes (@sewperheroes) December 23, 2019
Social media users expressed their disapproval of the happening, with one user saying that we all had a responsibility to protect and ensure minority rights in Pakistan.
— roxana (@roxmiaen) December 23, 2019
Another user directed his criticism towards the PTI government, the PML-N, and the chairman of PPP, Bilawal Bhutto, by asking them if they had any heart. He stated that Christmas was near and these people were without pay.
— asher shahzad (@church_passion) December 23, 2019
Development policy expert Salman Sufi also took to Twitter to voice his condemnation over the non-payment of dues to the workers. He stated that it was absolutely unacceptable that sanitation workers had not been paid when Christmas was in a day.
Sanitation workers of #Islamabad haven’t been paid.
#Xmas is in one day.
This is absolutely unacceptable.
Such callous management right before their most important religious holiday is shameful. #PayTheSanitaionWorkers
— Salman Sufi (@SalmanSufi7) December 23, 2019
One user lamented that the workers had Christmas coming up but had no right to celebrate it.
They have Christmas but deserve no right to celebrate it. After all, they are sweepers. https://t.co/EEU3yOfhUe
— Asif Aqeel (@asifaqeel) December 23, 2019