Bangladesh Association of Pourasava Service (BAPS) has staged a protest demanding better salary and other benefits from the national treasury for the fifth consecutive day in front of the National Press Club.
The protest started around 9am, with the protestors blocking the roads in front of the Press Club and screaming slogans. The roads have been clogged with traffic because of the demonstration.
BAPS President Abdul Alim Mollah said that they will continue their protest until their demands are met.
According to him, employees from 327 municipalities around the country get paid from the municipalities' own treasuries. However, a lot of municipalities do not have any income of their own, for which the employees often do not get paid at all. As a result, the employees are protesting to get salaries and benefits from the government treasury.
Several of the leaders expressed their anger by saying that if the government could not pay the municipality employees, then it should just lay them off.
They stated that in 226 among 327 municipalities, the salaries and benefits are paid irregularly.
The leaders also said that there are around 32,000 employees currently working in 327 municipalities. Among them, 769 employees were not paid their pensions after retirement.
Even though the government pays 75% of the salaries and benefits of all union parishad employees from the national treasury, municipality workers only get paid 4%.
On the other hand, the roads around Paltan, Press Club and Matsya Bhaban have been clogged with vehicles because of the roadblock. The traffic has trickled to other streets around these areas as well.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com