Even today, DU teachers are on a complete strike, closed classes-exams

The Dhaka University (DU) Teachers’ Association is holding a complete strike and sit-in program for the sixth day demanding the cancellation of the universal pension guarantee scheme.

On Monday (July 8) at 12 noon, the teachers held a sit-in program in front of the main gate of the Kala Bhavan of the university.

Earlier, DU teachers started a complete strike from July 1. All class-examinations of the university were declared closed. The university teacher leaders also said that they will continue the movement if the certification scheme is not withdrawn.

President of DU Teachers’ Association and Secretary General of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association Professor Dr. Nizamul Haque Bhuiyan said, we have been continuing this movement for a long time. But who brought us down to the movement? We think they are the insiders of the state, who were against us in 2015 as well. That year they could not keep up with us, so this year they are behind us. They imposed a decision without consulting us. It is completely unfair and unjust.

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He said that the teachers’ representatives have spoken to the administration about this. We said cancel this scheme or we will go on strike but they did not accept the demand. As a result, we had a half-day strike, then a full day. Then we started this total strike. Since we started this movement we will not return to class until success comes.

The General Secretary of DU Teachers’ Association Professor Dr. Zeenat Huda said, we have been holding a sit-in program and strike for 3-point demands for a long time. But we do not see any situation to meet our demands. I will not back down until the demand is met. I will return to the classroom with victory.

The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association held a press conference on May 20 to demand the withdrawal of the ‘discriminatory notification’ regarding the universal pension scheme issued by the Ministry of Finance on March 13 and the continuation of the previous pension scheme. In continuation of this, on May 26 at 11:30 a.m., teachers formed a human chain in 36 universities across the country, including Dhaka University. After that, a two-hour strike was observed on May 28 and a half-day strike for three days on June 25-27. Later a complete strike was observed on June 30 and a total strike started from July 1.