Sports, Football

BFF staff demand salary hike

Published : 14 May 2024 09:31 PM

Bangladesh Football Federation’s (BFF) executive committee sets policy, with paid staff implementing decisions. These staff liaise across all levels, from grassroots football to government and governing bodies (FIFA, AFC).

Recently, 42 staff members wrote to President Kazi Salahuddin requesting a grading system, HR policy, and standardised salary structure. Copies went to senior figures (Senior Vice-President, Vice-Presidents, General Secretary).

Concerns surround the current General Secretary, Imran Hossain Tushar. Previously the Protocol Manager, his promotion to General Secretary coincided with a significant salary increase within six months. Additionally, recent appointments under Mr Salahuddin have attracted scrutiny due to their high salaries.

New hires are being offered higher salaries than established staff, despite comparable experience and qualifications. 

This has caused significant staff dissatisfaction. New recruits reportedly form separate groups, highlighting a clear divide within the organisation.

Despite FIFA affiliation, the BFF lacks a formal HR policy and salary structure. A draft policy for an Executive Committee meeting on 3rd May was postponed, frustrating staff and prompting their letter to the President.

Two Vice-Presidents (Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahi) received the staff letter. Vice-President Manik (a close relative of the President) did not comment. Vice-President Mahi acknowledged the staff's concerns but emphasised decision-making through meetings. Notably, the staff delivered the letter to the General Secretary a day before the Vice-Presidents received it.

The President and General Secretary travelled to Thailand for the AFC and FIFA Congresses. Another Vice-President and a BFF member (already in Thailand) will join them. Financial concerns exist regarding delayed payments to key stakeholders (footballers, referees, clubs). These include national team payments, bonuses, referee fees, club participation fees, and prize money. While some within the Executive Committee might disagree with the current approach, senior leadership remains reliant on these very staff. Conversely, existing staff find it surprising that new hires are recruited while salary increases for themselves are denied due to a cited financial crisis. Following the "Sohag incident," the previous Chief Financial Officer (CFO) resigned. 

Mr Salahuddin's confidante was appointed as the new, highly-salaried CFO despite his relative inexperience.  While the General Secretary holds the CEO position, some believe the new CFO wields significant administrative influence. Notably, his recent proposal for a 20% salary increase was rejected.