TRG Pakistan : Recruiting Pigs?

UPDATE: 06-JUN-06 (Thankyou SmudgeStick)

Thank you Bilal for the story.
NOTE: the first comment this post recieved SET ME straight. I had done a very stupid thing and written a full fledged opinion based on someone’s accusation. I should have checked it out before publishing this. For total lack of responsibility on my part, I am sorry. In any case, I did check it out from a TRG employee and the story checked out.
It seems that TRG, apart from employing ‘carreer oriented’ people, are employing Pigs as well. Pigs of guinea type, it seems.

It is disgusting, really. All of us know that ‘bad’ things happen, and more often than not ‘bad’ people are responsible for it. But as a collary to Bernanrd Shaw’s observation that most humans enjoy war as long as it doesn’t effect them directly, we tend to get along with injustice as long as it does not effect us directly.

So much for the grand Quranic Injunction that a Muslim should promote ‘good deeds’ and try to stop ‘bad ones’.

In an attempt to stop bad things from happening, I am trying to here to satisfy my guilty-concious that ‘ahaa, I am doing something by bringing a bad act to light’. I sincerely hope that out of the 17000 or so visitors that visit Lahore Metblogs on a monthly basis, at least one of ’em will be in a position to take action. My guilty-concious seems to have a low threshold, I am just hoping that your’s doesn’t.

Employees at TRG recently spoke out against the drug testing procedure that was carried out to ensure a ‘drug free’ environment in the company. “There was no documentation or paperwork given to any one of us that stated who was testing us and why”, an employee said. As is the case all around the world, it is a general procedure that each employee in a corporation is given a document that states the Time and date of the test, Reason for the test, Authorization of the test and by whom, The credentials of the testers, Employee details, Venue of the test and so on. This document is signed and verified by all those involved in this procedure and a copy is held by each employee for future reference. None of that happened…

Employees clearly stated that the doctor employed by TRG to conduct this test and his team of testers did not follow many common procedures during the testing, which could bring in to question their standard of services and standings as a qualified doctor. There was no preliminary evaluation done for each employee who was tested as to whether they were on any prescribed medication or have any ailments long standing or recent. The method of storing and transporting the samples was a plastic shopping bag which is not exactly a hygenic or strile manner of handling any samples. Furthermore, the employees (males and females alike) were told to submit their respective urine samples at the main reception desk thus providing no sterile or secure environment to conduct and submit these samples. There was no consideration shown from the administartion towards the feelings of shame and hesitance from the employees who had to submit their samples in front of every one including members of the opposite sex and guests in the main lobby of the company. These samples were not even serialized and were merely collected in a box at random with no verification details whatsoever. “They should have provided us with private rooms for men and women to conduct and collect these tests,” a female employee said. “because it would be more professional and comfortable for us to provide the samples in private rather than walking around with our urine in a cup and needles in the main lobby of our workplace!”

This is the first time I have heard a company with significant repute is guilty of such a thing. One can claim that it is not such a big thing, just routine work carried out without the proper paperwork. And I agree. But it is this ‘indifference’ to little things that lead to big things such as black mail using one’s medical records, for example. I am just wondering how many ‘corporate citizens’ go through this, without any proper guidance?

13 Comments so far

  1. Talha (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    Any supporting evidence, any URL?

    It is quite immature to say sommething like this without any thing to back it up!

    What do you say?

  2. momekh (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    I say you are right. one hundred percent. I keep blaming the media to base thier stories on concrete evidence, yet I have based the above artilce on complete ‘word of mouth’.
    But now I am on it… completely my bad.
    thank you Talha.

  3. Talha (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

    Thanks:), that was prompt!

  4. ali kam (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

    that was one …. very lame thing … carried out in wrong way …. just to save costs ….

    duh … they could have contracted some third class medical lab for this …. i pity at the receptionist … poor fellow

    but i don think due to nature of incident and POWERS OF TOP EXECUTIVES … it may not appear in any media … yes it is a public limited company and news could draw a bad impression to shareholders of company and so ….. the ppl who own major chunk of company would never let this apear any where …

    bravo … its a good step to let others hear something like that … some thing which is not supposed to burried under ..

  5. Gadbad Singh (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    eeeeewwwww!!!!!! i wonder what was the reason behind that “liberalism” and to put the employees in an embarassing situation.
    Aapnay chandigarh ichh te edaan nahin honda.Raaj karu ga khaalsa baaqi raho na ko.

  6. momekh (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Talha, your mild surprise will be taken as a complement. You had me worried there, and for a very good reason. I thank you again, and although I am probably making it sound too much, but I have vowed to be much more careful and finickey even, before I put thought to screen. :)

  7. Flower For Lahore (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    just Send flowers to your management !!

  8. momekh (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    wihtout doubt, the above comment is spam. And what a meaningful way of sending spam… Given the current topic, it almost makes sense. heh.

  9. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 4:21 am

    Dear Momekh

    Thankyou for taking the time to bring this issue to light. As far as the validity of this news is concerned, we all have had mixed feedbacks but perhaps the following news URL with its 50 comments would help:

    Furthermore, if you require, we will be happy to provide a copy of the email that was signed by and handed over to the TRG Management by majority of the employees tested under the above mentioned conditions.

    We spoke to several employees ourselves in person and this news was compiled after extensive feedback from these employees and from some of the TRG Management itself.


    Fauzan Sohail

  10. zed (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    People, each one of us has a right to a view and an opinion, STOP being judgemental coz thats where the issues are distorted and distracted make the facts known express your view and hope someone can add to it or do something about it. Being a God fearing person I note that far too many do- gooders in the name of our exaulted religion totally take on the job of thanaydar when in fact no one can take the REAL THANAYDARS place!!! such opitionated crap from the ones who are the self appointed self righteous morons ruin the image of the most benign beliefs in the universe ISLAM, to them I say BACK OFF and repent! you will get your comeuppence right here on earth!

  11. momekh (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    @ Fauzan: Thank you bro.
    @ Zed: The content of your comment makes sense, yes. But I cannot relate it to the above post. Please explain… are you implying/saying that we/I shouldn’t be a ‘thaanaydaar’ and let people get thier punishment from God or what? As stated earlier, plz explain.

  12. smudgestick (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm
  13. Bhatti (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    Thanks, that was really nice post. Please post more your posts in future. You will found us regular reader.

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