BTCL temps continue strike; telco addressing need to restructure workforce

12 Apr 2011

bdnews24.com reports that temporary employees of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) held a sit-in strike at the telco’s premises for the second consecutive day on Monday, demanding wage increases and equal treatment to full-time staff. An ‘indefinite’ strike began at the BTCL building in Dhaka at 10am on Sunday. A spokesperson for the strikers said: ‘A total of 1,857 temporary employees have been serving BTCL since 1997 for BDT1,500 to BDT5,000 (USD20.3-USD67.7) a month… We’ve been compelled to stage the sit-in as we cannot support our families with this meagre wage due to [the inflationary] price hike of essentials.’ BTCL managing director Abu Syed Khan earlier told bdnews24.com: ‘[The temporary workers] were employed under [BTCL’s predecessor] Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB). Later, when BTTB turned into a company, a complexity has arisen. At present, the company is unable to absorb so many people at a time… Formation of a new organogram of the company is underway. The eligible people will be absorbed once the organogram is ready.’

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