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Dhaka Tribune

BCAA calls three-day strike

Update : 06 Jul 2013, 05:07 PM

The offices of divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, upazila nirbahi officers and assistant commissioners are going to face closure for three days due to a strike called by the government employees.

The Bangladesh Collectorate Assistant Association (BCAA) called a three-day shutdown from July 7 demanding that the government elevate their job status and adjust their salaries.

The organisation of 15,000 third-class employees designated as collectorate assistants, announced the strike on Saturday after failing to stage a human chain demonstration.

Its secretary general, Majibor Rahman Molla, said they did not get the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s permission to host the demonstration in front of the National Press Club.

“We decided to enforce the strike as the government did not accede to our demands and even did not permit us to stage a human chain,” he added.

Meanwhile, Abdus Sobhan Sikdar, senior secretary of the public administration ministry, told the Dhaka Tribune on Saturday that the government had taken initiatives to meet their “logical” demands. “The public administration ministry has already begun its work. Under this circumstance, it was not logical for the BCAA to call a strike. We are considering their demands with top priority. We believe it will be resolved soon as we are going to sit with them shortly.”

Majibor said they submitted their demands in 2002 when the government upgraded the posts of union tahashildar and union assistant tahashildar to union assistant land officer and union sub-assistant land officer. The salary of those officers was

also enhanced while the salary of collectorate assistant has remained the same, even though both of them are serving as third-class employees.

Majibor said they have decided to continue programmes until their demands are met and will hold a day-long strike on July 22. After the DCs’ conference scheduled to be held on July 23-25, they will enforce a strike on July 29. The servers of those offices will also remain closed on that day, he informed.

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