The teachers of public universities observed one day strike on Tuesday at all public universities across the country pressing for their demands including reviewing the 8th national pay scale.
Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association staged a sit-in at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital.
University teachers said that position of teachers had been brought down by two steps in the new pay scale which was disgraceful for them.
‘The federation will soon take agitation programmes for the four-point demands,’ he said. Teachers have been protesting against the national pay scale since May 14.
The four-point demands include formation of a commission to initiate an independent pay scale for the public university teachers, immediate revision of the 8th national pay scale, keeping senior professors and senior secretaries on the same pay scale and at an equal level of payment and benefits as enjoyed by the same grade government officials.
The minister for finance, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, however, found no justification of work abstain by the public university teachers. He said there were lots of practices of corruption by the teachers and it should be stopped.
The cabinet on Monday approved the new pay scale raising the maximum monthly salary of a public servant to Tk 86,000 from Tk 45,000 and the lowest basic pay to Tk 8,250 from Tk 4,100 with effect from July 1, 2015. The cabinet secretary, Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, said that university teachers would get salaries and benefit with increasing rate passed by the cabinet.
Musharraf said that the cabinet had asked the cabinet committee to address disparities in the government salary structure to look into the demands of the public university teachers.