This Star file photo shows employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines lay siege to the office of the acting managing director at Balaka headquarters in the capital on June 30 for around three hours over a 14-point charter of demands relating to their jobs and benefits
A section of Biman Bangladesh Airlines employees today laid siege to the office of its chairman at Balaka headquarters in the capital for one and a half hours today over a 14-point charter of demands relating to their job and benefits.
The employees of the national flag carrier began to gather in front of the office of Chairman Air Marshal (retd) AFM Jamal Uddin Ahmed on the second floor of Balaka around 11:00am.
They left the place around 12:30pm as the chairman was not in his office.
Their demands include a new organogram for Biman, recruitment of more workers in the ground handling department, allowances for meals and uniforms, 100 percent free medical facilities for employees, and regularisation of staff working on a temporary basis for five years.
Earlier on July 1, the Biman employees laid a siege to the office of the managing director at Balaka headquarters to press home the demands.
On that day, Biman Sramik League President Moshiqur Rahman, also president of Biman's Collective Bargaining Agency (CBA), announced programme to besiege the office of the Biman chairman if their demands were not met by Wednesday.
In January last year, Biman employees went for an indefinite strike over the same demands, which later boiled down into a single demand--resignation of the chairman.
A seven-hour strike at that time left around 3,000 passengers stuck at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and flight schedule of many airlines went into disarray. No flights left for 14 hours.
They, however, had withdrawn the strike after then civil aviation minister Faruk Khan assured them of meeting their demands, which were never fulfilled.