Striking university teachers seek PM's intervention to end pay dispute

Striking university teachers seek PM’s intervention to end pay dispute


Dhaka – Voicing their utmost desire to return to classrooms, leaders of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA) on Thursday said the ongoing crisis over ‘salary discrimination’ in the 8th pay scale’ could be resolved quickly with the Prime Minister’s intervention.
“Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina is so much concerned about education and teachers. We hope she’ll resolve the issue as early as possible,” FBUTA president Farid Uddin Ahmed told reporters in front of Dhaka University’s Arts Faculty on the 4th day of their ongoing nonstop strike.He said, “It’s beyond our thinking that we’ll have to go on a strike abandoning classrooms to meet our demand. It’s the public university teachers who have been able to reduce session jam with their frantic efforts. So, we don’t want to go back to that sorry state again.”
Farid Uddin also assured that they will compensate the losses of the students caused by their movement.
On Monday, teachers of the country’s public universities went on an indefinite strike protesting what they said discriminations against them in the 8th national pay scale.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday criticised teachers for boycotting classes amid students’ worry that their academic activities would severely be hampered because of the teachers’ movement.
Public university teachers have been on protests since the 8th National Pay Scale was announced on May 14, advocating for a four-point demand that includes the formation of a commission to initiate an independent pay scale for them.
The other demands of the teachers are to remove gap of salary and allowance between senior professors and senior secretaries, and between professors and secretaries; upgrading the status of teachers in the warrant of precedence; and the provision of cars and other allowances for teachers similar to provisions given to bureaucrats. – UNB


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