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Employees stage sit-in in front of Robi office

  • Published at 02:01 pm September 1st, 2013

Agitated employees of country’s third leading mobile phone operator Robi staged a sit-in in front of its corporate office on Sunday evening protesting the termination of six officers.

Sources said the angry employees took to the street at about 6pm to protest the sacking of six officers and specialists earlier that afternoon.

Robi said the employees were from a group of employees who had not agreed to be transferred from Robi's internal infrastructure division to its newly formed entity Bangladesh Infrastructure Company Limited (BICL).

BICL was setup as a fully-owned subsidiary of Robi Axiata in order to "leverage (its) investments in passive infrastructure by maximising sharing with other telecom operators and improving operational efficiency," Robi stated.

Robi said all employees save 71 had contractually agreed to the change. Robi said employees who did not agree to move to BICL had been informed that they could not be absorbed, since the company no longer had an infastructure division.

An injunction was filed, which has since been vacated by the court.

Robi faced similar personnel difficulties last month after firing seven employees who disagreed with decision of contracting Genex, an independent third party firm, to maintain the operations. Employees of Robi’s customer care helpline the stopped attending calls and staged a demonstration on August 23 on the road behind Mascot Plaza in Uttara.

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