Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected a plea against the Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) 2012 launched recently by PTCL for its employees. According to details, some outsiders had filed an application in the IHC to stop the proceedings of VSS offered by PTCL to its employees, taking the plea that the scheme was not voluntary in nature. The Court, however, rejected their application after hearing all the arguments and evidences.
Mr. Syed Mazhar Hussain SEVP (HR) PTCL, when contacted by media persons in this context, remarked: “To stay afloat in the intensely competitive environment of telecom industry in Pakistan, we have to ensure that our employees’ skills set are in sync with the evolving business requirements and changing industry dynamics. With the changing scenario, the business processes are changing and many jobs have become outmoded because of technological obsolescence. After executing a highly successful VSS program in 2007-08 that got remarkable appreciation and overwhelming response from the employees, VSS 2012 has been launched with an aim to continue providing our employees with a mutually beneficial proposition, where the employees possessing outdated skill sets, or those with low levels of adaptability / compatibility with future business requirements, are offered a decent opportunity to part ways with the organization on purely voluntary basis against attractive financial package..”
However, according to him, “Some outside elements, who are not even PTCL employees, are trying to hoodwink the unsuspecting employees by circulating false claims about this scheme. These elements have their own vested interests and nefarious designs to serve and welfare of the employees is not their concern. He emphasized that the offered scheme is beneficial for the employees and has been designed in a way so that employees get the maximum benefit. “The primary objective of this scheme is to provide a unique opportunity to the employees to secure a better future for them and their families. This offer is truly voluntary in nature and nobody is being forced to opt for it.”
Clarifying some of the rumors in this regard, Mr. Mazhar Hussain told that “The VSS scheme is not being revised or reviewed, neither are there any chances of PTCL pay scales being revised in near future and employees can choose to opt for this scheme at their own will.”
Concluding his discussion, Mr. Mazhar reiterated that “PTCL has not been instructed by any court regarding the pay scales or the VSS and this scheme is progress. There is only a bunch of miscreants who are trying to mislead the employees on these issues for their personal gains and we are confident that no employee is paying any heed to the machinations of such anti-employee elements. We are confident that our employees will make the correct decision of opting for VSS for their own and their families’ better future and not pay heed to a few disgruntled elements.”