131 Airtel staff take VRS, won’t join merged company

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:07, Nov 09,2016

 
 

Two men come out of a customer service centre of Airtel at Naya Paltan in Dhaka on Tuesday. Of the 383 permanent employees of the mobile operator, 131 employees applied for the voluntary retirement scheme by Tuesday, the deadline for seeking the scheme, amid the ongoing merger process between Robi and Airtel. — New Age photo

Among the 383 permanent employees of mobile operator Airtel, 131 employees applied for the voluntary retirement scheme by Tuesday, the deadline for seeking the scheme, amid the ongoing merger process between Robi and Airtel.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in its merger conditions for Robi and Airtel made mandatory for Airtel to provide VRS to employees who wish to leave Airtel before completion of the merger.
Airtel officials said that from the top management, chief corporate affairs officer Ashraful H Chowdhury, chief service officer Rubaba Dowla and head of legal Sakib Sikdar applied for VRS.
BTRC conditions said that the employees who would take VRS shall be paid in full within 60 days after completion of the merger and the merged company has to submit a report to the regulator in this regard.
‘If any complexity is created during implementation of the VRS/VSS, the merged company would adopt necessary measures through the directives of BTRC,’ according to the terms and conditions.
The jobs of Airtel employees who would join the merged company would be considered as the continuation of the service in Airtel, said BTRC.
The BTRC also said that in the next three years of the merger, the regulator has to be informed with specific reasons before any termination of Airtel employees who joined the merged company.
The BTRC recently decided that Airtel employees will receive four months’ basic salary for each completed service year in the company.
The settlement of VRS amount was taken to the court by the Airtel employees where they demanded four months’ basic salary for higher management and five months’ basic salary for lower managerial level.
Robi, however, said it can maximum provide two months’ gross salary for higher management and three months’ gross salary for junior managerial level.
The court, after hearing the parties, said that the matter would be analysed and decided by the BTRC.
Currently, there are 1,400 permanent employees working in Robi.  

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