Sack panic is running high among the employees of country’s two cell phone operators Grameenphone and Banglalink as their management is going to fire over 900 senior staffs.
“The Banglalink authority has already sacked 37 employees on Thursday and more 300 are on the termination list. On the other hand, Grameenphone authority will fire over 600 senior staffs within three months,” said Rafiqul Islam, publicity secretary, Grameenphone employees union at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Friday morning.
He said the employees will be terminated under the project of Common Delivery Centre, project Bridge and project vision 20-20 of Grameenphone.
“When we lose our jobs we do not know how and in what way we will be able to survive with our family members. It is very shocking to us when we come to know that after sacking us the cell phone operators will recruit foreign nationals with high salary,” he said.
Golam Mahmud Sohagh, president of Banglalink Employees Union said, “Recently government announced about giving pension in the private sector. That’s why Banglalink authority has rapidly terminated some old employees who already have worked for more than eight years. It’s totally unethical and unlawful according to the labor law.’
Employees of both the companies are worried about their job. Because without notice the authority terminated them.
An employee seeking anonymity told Bangladesh Post, “When time came for the salary increase of the employees and upgradation of their posts, the authority started replacing the senior employees by fresh ones.”
“Besides, there are a number of foreign employees, working on high salary, most of whom have no legal permission to work in Bangladesh. But they are doing without facing any question,” the employee alleged.
The protesting employees, after the press briefing, organised a rally and formed a human chain at the premises of National Press Club to press home their twelve-point demands. They carried placards with slogans “Ensure job security, contribute more to Bangladesh”, “Stop CDC, save our family, Invest more to ensure quality network”, “Stop job cut, save our family” etc.