Public university teacher suspends movements till Feb 3

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Dhaka, Jan 19: Teachers of 37 public university on Tuesday suspended their on going movement following the Prime Minister’s assurance to meet their demand.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday assured the public university teachers to consider their demands and urged them to return their works.

“We have postponed our movement through discussion among the teachers. We will wait till February 3  to see the action. We hope the bureaucrats won’t create problem to resolve it within the stipulated period,” Maksud Kamal secretary general of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA) told reporters after the meeting.

He said the government will meet their demands by February 3.

On January 11, teachers of the country’s 37 public universities went on an indefinite strike protesting what they said discriminations against them in the 8th national pay scale.

Public university teachers have been on protests since the 8th National Pay Scale was announced on May 14 last year, advocating for a four-point demand that includes the formation of a commission to initiate an independent pay scale for them.

The other demands of the teachers are to remove the gap in salaries and allowances between senior professors and senior secretaries, and between professors and secretaries; upgrading the status of teachers in the warrant of precedence; and the provision of cars and other allowances for teachers similar to provisions given to bureaucrats.

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