Employees of Grameenphone on Sunday staged demonstrations at the company headquarters in Dhaka demanding ‘logical’ pay hike and protesting at the sacking of an elected workers’ council representative.
Grameenphone Employees Union general secretary Shafiqur Rahman Masud told New Age that they were also protesting at the recently announced annual increment as ‘inadequate’.
Although the shareholders got 204 per cent dividends for the year 2017, the increment announced by the company for its employees was irrational, he said.
‘We talked about the issue with high officials of our organisation, but with no positive reply from them; instead they are trying to threaten the employees participating at the protests,’ he said.
GPEU leader also claimed that GP authorities had dismissed BM Zahidur Rahman, general secretary of Grameenphone People Council, last week on charge of sexually harassing a colleague, an allegation that was brought a year ago and could not be proved.
Without naming Zahidur, GP, however, in a statement said that the company has ‘zero tolerance’ for cases of sexual harassment. ‘Allegations of sexual harassment against this individual have been thoroughly investigated by an independent committee comprising of internal employees as well as external experts from reputed organisations such as Bangladesh Legal Aid And Services Trust and Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association,’ it said.
It claimed that GP followed a process as per a directive laid down by the High Court.
Regarding pay issue, the statement said, ‘We benchmark employees’ compensation against the very top pay masters of the country and make sure that our employees are being paid competitively, fairly and equitably.’
‘Additionally, due to our good performance in 2017, our employees received larger quarterly performance bonuses, and are receiving a substantial higher profit sharing than last year.’
It said that GP respected the employees’ rights of association and their opinion in matters related to their interests.
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