Class III Government Employees Association Demands 60% Pay Raise

The Class III Bangladesh Government Employees Association has demanded a 60% increase in salaries for government employees for the interim period until the new national salary scale is released.

In a written statement at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unit on Saturday, Md Saljar Rahman, the secretary general of the association, said that after the latest national pay scale which was given in 2015, the prices of basic necessities, including gas, electricity, water and medical expenses have increased abnormally over the past seven years. Thus, a new national salary scale is essential for state employees to lead a normal life.

The leaders also called on the government to pay helpless and frustrated government workers a medical allowance of Tk 4,000.

They further called on the government to remove inequities in terms of salary and designation between employees of equal rank and similar degrees in various government offices.

To press their demands, the leaders of the association announced that they would submit a memorandum of demands to the Prime Minister on May 24 and hold rallies from May 26 to June 9 in different offices in Dhaka and other districts.

If their demands are not met, a human chain will be organized on June 11 in front of the Jatiya Press Club.

From the association, its President Md Lutfur Rahman, Executive Presidents Nurunnabi, Raihan Chowdhury, Asaduzzaman, Taijul Islam, Humayun Kabir, Vice Presidents Selim Mollah, Monirul Islam, Abul Kalam Azad, Khatibur Rahman, Nazrul Islam, Ibrahim Mia, Mozammel Haque were present at the conference among others.

William M. Mayer