37 public university teachers to stop work from Jan 11 for indefinite period

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Dhaka, Jan 2: Thirty seven public university teachers on Saturday announced their fresh programme to go for indefinite period strike from January 11 until their demand is met.

Demanding for a review of the 8th new pay scale, Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA) took the decision to stop working from January 11 in all public universities across the country.

The decision came from a meeting of the FBUTA on Saturday, which was attended by representatives of 37 public universities.

FBUTA General Secretary SM Maksud Kamal told reporters that they have also decided to wear black bands on January 3 and observe a three-hour strike on January 7.

The government announced the Eight National Pay Scale on December 15 with a highest basic pay of Tk 78,000 and a minimum of Tk 8,250.

Public universities’ selection grade professors enjoyed the top grade along with secretaries and major generals in the Seventh National Pay Scale.

Senior professors were placed in Grade-2 and professors in Grade-3.

The new pay scale retained the grades of professors and senior professors but did not separately mention the selection-grade professors, which has become one of the issues triggering the protest.

University teachers have long been protesting against the new pay scale, saying it has downgraded their status.

They have also demanded a separate pay scale for university teachers and a review of the new pay scale.

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