The Dhaka Labour Court-3 on Monday issued a show-cause notice to Grameen Telecom asking it to explain why the company should not be prevented from taking action against its employees who have accused it of non-payment of dividends.
The court of Sultan Mahmud passed the order in the afternoon after hearing petitions from nine GT employees who filed separate lawsuits against their employer on February 25.
‘Grameen Telecom will get 15 days to explain its position on the matter,’ said Gobinda Biswas, the petitioners’ lawyer.
Gobinda said that his clients were fearful that they could face job termination for their employer was angry about the move.
The GT is facing 79 lawsuits for not sharing dividends with its employees between 2006 and 2015.
The lawsuits were filed since October last year, and the complainants in all but 14 cases are current employees.
This is the second group of employees seeking court’s intervention to secure their jobs until their cases are disposed of. In the first group, 28 employees moved together for an injunction on GT removing them. The court issued the injunction in March.
On April 12, the injunction was stayed in the High Court.
Proceedings in 12 of the 14 lawsuits filed by former employees were also stayed in the High Court.
In 2016, it came to the government’s notice that Grameen Telecom had flouted the labour act by not sharing with its employees profits worth Tk 2,150 crore it had made in 10 years since 2006.
The labour law requires companies to share 5 per cent of their annual profits with their workers and the government.
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