Five employees of Citycell on Monday filed separate cases against the operator’s eight high officials with the labour court in Dhaka over arrears pay worth Tk 1.50 crore as salaries and allowances due from September last year.
The court accepted the cases and ordered the top officials to appear before it on October 4, said Tipu Sultan, head of communications of Citycell, who is one of the plaintiffs, and also claimed Tk 31.52 lakh for his last eleven months salary and other benefits.
The accused officials of Citycell include its chairman Morshed Khan and chief executive officer Mehboob Chowdhury.
Other accused are Morshed Khan’s wife Nasreen Khan, a board member of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited, which uses Citycell
as its brand name, PBTL director Asghar Karim, Chief Financial Officer Tariqul Hasan and Provident Fund Trustees Mahfuzur Rahman, Nishat Ali and AB Sarkar.
The cases were filed by employees Tipu Sultan, Kazi Ruhul Quddus, Hasan Mahmud, Sadik Milon and AKM Ahsanul Azad, accusing the management of not paying salaries and allowances since September 2016.
Citycell Employees’ Association said that at least 15 employees served legal notices over back pay a month ago and received no response.
‘As they did not respond, there was no other way for us except filing case,’ Tipu Sultan told New Age.
Another 25 cases will be filled soon on the same ground, he said.
Although the operation of Citycell remained shut since October last year, some 630 people still work for the entity.
The dues of 250 of those employees have been partially cleared. The others got nothing, said a top office bearer of the association.
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