Approximately 200 employees of Grameenphone have expressed their interest to accept the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) offered by the nation’s biggest mobile phone operator.
With the ever-changing business model and evolving customer needs, the telecom operator stated that the employees became redundant over the years.
The VRS was offered by Grameenphone on June 3, 2021, and requested 259 employees to inform by June 17 if they wanted to accept the offer.
Nearly 100 employees had applied for the scheme before the deadline. Later, the operator retrenched 159 employees as they refused to accept the VRS.
The leaders of the Grameenphone Employees Union (GPEU) protested against the retrenchment and requested Grameenphone management to reinstate them.
When 100 showed interest to accept VRS, Mia Md Shafiqur Rahman Masud, general secretary of GPEU, said: “We have no objection if any employee takes VRS. We are protesting against the illegal retrenches.”
“Grameenphone recently forced 159 employees to take VRS after firing them, which is inhumane.”
Masud said the movement would continue till the job cuts are not stopped.
“So far, we have 64 workers with the movement. If someone is fired unjustly, the protest programme will continue on behalf of the union. We will not back down from our position even if it is for one person.”
Additionally, he stated that the union has taken the decision to send letters to the post and telecom division and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on the topic of the dismissal and take legal action against the operator.