| Updated at: 1140 PST, Friday, February 11, 2011|
KARACHI: A number of international flights were suspended as strike and protests of PIA employees’ unions grew intense on the fourth consecutive day during which vociferous demands were made for withdrawal of proposed agreement of the national flag carrier with Turkish Airline and removal of Managing Director PIA, Geo News reported.
PIA employees in airports across the country including those in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar have refused to go on their jobs while those willing to join office were also forced to stay out.
The four-day strike by several unions in the PIA has crippled the functioning of the airline with several dozen international and domestic flights being cancelled or rescheduled. Passengers are the worst sufferers.
The tiff between the PIA management and the employees’ unions kicked off after reports of selling out PIA routes to the Turkish Airlines in December last.