Workers at incumbent telco Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) have gone on strike after the government refused to withdraw its decision to privatise the telco. The strike was threatened last week, and talks between unions and management have so far failed to reach a breakthrough, with workers refusing to back down. According to unions, 55,000 employees have gone on strike, with the company running on a skeleton staff of just 6,000. The government is expected to intervene within the next few days, with the strike having slowed down repair and maintenance of some of the companies fixed lines. According to Zia Uddin, who is leading an alliance of nine different trade unions, all PTCL’s operations will be shut down if the government refuses to budge on its privatisation plans.
In a separate story, PTCL’s WiLL service has been questioned by the standing committee on IT and telecom, which claimed to have received several complaints over the quality of the service.