Water transport workers call off strike

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Staff Reporter:

Over 11 hours after enforcing it across the country to press home their 11-point demand, including an increase in their wages, water transport workers withdrew their indefinite strike on Saturday night following a fruitful discussion with the government.

General Secretary of Bangladesh Water Transport Workers’ Federation Chowdhury Ashiqur Rahman announced the withdrawal of the strike after 11pm following a marathon meeting with Director General of the Department of Labour AKM Mizanur Rahman.

Public Relations Officer of the Labour Ministry Akhterul Islam said representatives of the workers who attended the meeting held at the Directorate of Labour called off the strike following a fruitful discussion.

Earlier, thousands of people suffered as water transport workers went on the strike across the country early Saturday to press home their 11-point demand.

The workers’ other demands include providing risk allowance, stopping extortion, and ensuring clean water and food for them.

The movement of all types of vessels had remained halted on 33 routes, including Dhaka’s Sadarghat, Chandpur, Barishal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Bhandaria and Jhalakati.

The operation of lighterage vessels had also remained suspended at Chattogram river port.
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