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Salaries: Biman pilots call off strike, for now, after assurances

  • Published at 07:36 pm October 26th, 2021
File photo of Boeing 777-300 ER flying under the banner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Decision on meeting their demands will be taken at a meeting on Saturday

Bangladesh Airlines Pilots' Association (BAPA) has halted its strike after the authorities assured them of meeting their demands regarding salaries.

BAPA President Mahbubur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday that the pilots had decided to call an end to  the protest only after learning that a decision to adjust their salaries would be made at a meeting of the Biman board of directors next Saturday.

The pilots had started the strike on Monday. Biman’s 6:30pm Doha flight was delayed by three hours due to the strike, while the 7:30pm Dubai flight was held up for 45 minutes.

In a meeting with the protesters later in the day, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director and CEO Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal said the authorities had agreed to meet their demands.

Their salaries would be adjusted under the bilateral agreement between Biman and BAPA, he said, urging the pilots to end the strike and resume their duties – which the pilots agreed to later.

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Kamal also requested BAPA not to provide any misinformation to the media that might tarnish the national carrier’s commercial interest.

However, BAPA President Mahbubur Rahman said that Biman’s pilots had refrained from going for a strike on the condition that salaries would be adjusted by Saturday.

“Although we have completed our assigned flying hours this month, we will operate additional flights so that Biman flight schedules are not in disarray,” he added. 

The Biman management has slashed salaries of not only pilots but of all of its employees in different percentages (20% to 50%) based on their actual salaries.

The pilots had launched a similar protest earlier as well, as a result of which Biman incurred a loss of at least Tk10 crore in just a week. On July 14, BAPA had decided to suspend the demonstration.

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