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Biman staff lay siege to HQ

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In the June 30 photo, employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines lay siege to office of acting managing director in the capital demanding regularisation of job.
In the June 30 photo, employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines lay siege to office of acting managing director in the capital demanding regularisation of job.

A section of staffs of Biman Bangladesh Airlines today laid siege their head office Balaka Bhaban in the capital for three hours to realise their 14-point demand including regularisation of their jobs who have been working for five years.

More than 100 staffs of Biman led by Moshiqur Rahman, president of its collective bargaining agent (CBA), besieged Balaka Bhaban on Airport Road at about 9:00am.

They did not allow anyone to enter the office during the three-hour agitation.  

From the programme, Moshiqur, also president of Biman Sramik League, announced to lay siege to the head office for three hours tomorrow.

He also threatened to continue their agitation until their demands are met.

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.

Earlier on July 1 and 3, the Biman employees laid a siege to the offices of the managing director and chairman at Balaka headquarters respectively to press home the demands.

In January last year, the staff observed a strike over the same demands, which later boiled down into a single demand--resignation of the chairman.

The seven-hour strike 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.

Published: 1:21 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last modified: 10:10 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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