A section of Biman Bangladesh Airlines employees yesterday laid siege to the office of the acting managing director at Balaka headquarters in the capital for around three hours over a 14-point charter of demands relating to their job and benefits.
During the agitation, Biman Sramik League President Moshiqur Rahman, also president of Biman's Collective Bargaining Agency (CBA), announced to besiege the office of the Biman chairman on Thursday if their demands were not met by that time.
They demand 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.
As per an announcement, the protesters started gathering on the ground floor of Balaka Bhaban from 11:00am. After some time, they besieged Acting MD AM Mosaddique Ahmed's office on the first floor.
Later, the agitators handed over a memorandum to the acting MD, containing their 14 demands, and withdrew the siege around 1:00pm.
In January last year, Biman employees went for an indefinite strike for the same demands, which later boiled down into a single demand--resignation of Biman Chairman Air Marshal (retd) AFM Jamal Uddin Ahmed.
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 between 8:00am and 1:00pm.
They, however, had withdrawn the strike after then civil aviation minister Faruk Khan assured them of meeting their demands, which were never fulfilled.