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600 health workers strike over pay inequality in Brahmanbaria

The health workers have been carrying out the strike since November 26, suspending work from 10am to 1pm every day

Update : 06 Dec 2020, 03:56 PM

Over 600 health workers are on strike in Brahmanbaria demanding implementation of a five-point demand including elimination of pay inequality and amendment of recruitment rules.

The health workers have been carrying out the strike since November 26, suspending work from 10am to 1pm every day.

As part of the program, they took position in front of the Sadar Upazila Health Complex office on Sunday morning and called for the implementation of their demands.

During the strike, Arshadul Islam, president of the Brahmanbaria district branch of the Bangladesh Health Assistants Association, said: "We have been on strike since November 26, abstaining from administering all types of vaccines, including measles and mumps. The prime minister announced at a function held at the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in 1998 that the government will take several initiatives to amend recruitment rules in order to eliminate the pay inequality of health workers. But those pledges are yet to be implemented more than two decades after the announcement.”


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The protesters also said they would continue the strike until their demands are met.

“We will continue our protest until our demands are met,” said health assistant Nilufar Yasmin.

“The Hon'ble Prime Minister is a leader of humanity; we urge her to comply with these just demands. The strikes will go on until the demands are met,” said Health Assistant Md Rubel Mia.

The protest comes at a critical moment amidst the coronavirus pandemic, with patients across the country in dire need of medical attention.

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