Thousands of fourth-class employees of Grameen Bank have demonstrated against the micro-finance institute authorities for not regularizing their jobs in the last two decades.
The dissatisfaction came to light as the fourth class employees staged a sit-in protest in front of the headquarter of the bank on Sunday demanding regularization of their jobs under Grameen Bank.
According to witnesses, around one hundred employees of Grameen Bank from different corners of the country chanted slogans to press home their demand.
Rafiqul Islam came from Sapahar Upazilla of Naogaon district. He claimed that he has been with Grameen Bank since 1997 as a Peon-cum-Guard on master roll. His daily wage has been increased to Tk 400 from Tk 35. He said, “We have been demanding for regularization of our job since 2007. However, the then administration threatened to terminate us from job. For this, we were silent for a long time.”
According to Rafiqul, the fourth class employees had staged another demonstration a few months back. He said, “As we staged demonstration last time, the authority had assured us of meeting our demand within three months. But, the deadline has passed already; there is no further response in this regard. As a result, we have staged demonstration again.”
Abdul Aziz, another fourth class employee of Grameen Bank, said, “We will not return until our demand is met. If we return, they (authority) will terminate us from job.”
At about 2:00pm, high ups from Grameen Bank met with the agitating employees and assured them of meeting their demand within next two months.
On this assurance, the employees left the place.
However, no Grameen Bank official could be reached for comments in this regard.
Mentionable, the Grameen Bank, founded in 1976 in Bangladesh, is a microfinance organization and community development bank. It extends small loans (known as microcredit or “grameencredit”) to the impoverished without collateral.