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Ericsson workers postpones hunger strike

  • Published at 02:14 pm September 1st, 2017
Employees of Ericsson Bangladesh Limited, who were terminated without any prior notice, have postponed their hunger strike till September 11. The workers took the decision following a tripartite meeting with the Department of Labour and two members of the management team of Ericsson. Lutfor Rahman, an Ericsson employee who took part in the hunger strike, told the Dhaka Tribune that after assurances from Department of Labour Director AKM Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, employees decided to postpone their hunger strike. Ericsson Acting Unit Head Abdus Salam andHead of Human Resources Awal Khadimul attended the meeting of behalf of Ericsson management. The employees went on hunger strike on Monday to enforce their 5-point demand. Around 50 employees took part in the hunger strike program in front its Gulshan head office. Sources said over 200 employees demonstrated in front its head office. The strikers demanded that their company has to pay an amount equivalent to six basic salaries to those serving over 10 years, four and a half basic salaries for a five-year plus service and three basic salaries for those with below five years of service for the company. In addition, it has to provide provident fund and gratuity. On August 21, Ericsson unceremoniously fired 50 people from its 240-employee staff without any prior notice. Over the past one year, Ericsson has terminated 250 employees. Sources said Ericsson's spree of terminations culminated from its shrinking business.