BANGLADESH: Observer staffs observe hunger strike

Newspaper's employees plan to continue protests until demands are met

The Daily Star
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Journalists, press workers and employees of The Bangladesh Observer and weekly Chitrali yesterday observed token hunger strike at the Observer Bhavan in the city from 10:00am to 5:00pm to press home their demand for payment of 60 months' arrear salary and other dues by the owners, says a press release.

Leaders of BFUJ President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul and Secretaries General Ruhul Amin Gazi and Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, DUJ President Altaf Mahmood and General Secretary Omor Farooq, Press Workers Federation President Fazle Imam and Secretary General Abul Hashem, and Employees Federation President Motiur Rahman Talukdar were present at the hunger strike programme.

Journalists of different newspapers and TV Channels also came to express their solidarity.

Union leaders urged the government to compel the owners to make payments of arrear salary and other dues to the employees immediately.

If the problems are not resolved, fresh action programme will be announced soon, they asserted.

Meanwhile, a 27-member Action Committee was formed by the journalists, press workers and employees of the paper to continue the agitation for realising their demands.

The committee also urged the government to appoint an Administrator to run the paper if the owners refuse to pay the arrears.