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Owners stop plying water transports


Dhaka – A day after workers’ withdrawal of strike, owners have now stopped plying goods-laden vessels to press for their demand, unb news agency reported.
Cargo Owners’ Association Senior Vice-president Khurshid Alam told UNB that they went on the indefinite strike from Wednesday night demanding that the workers’ minimum wage be fixed rationally.He said the government-proposed wage structure for the workers is irrational. They each will have to bear an additional expense of Tk 6 lakh for workers every year if the wage structure is implemented, he said.
Earlier on Tuesday night, vessel workers, who had been on a strike since April 20 midnight to press home their 15-point demand, called off their strike upon assurances from the government of meeting their demands.
President of Bangladesh River Vessel Workers’ Federation Shah Alam made the announcement after a fruitful meeting with Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and representatives of the river vessel owners and workers.
At the meeting, the government assured them of meeting the demands, including reviewing the wages structure by May 10.
The government formed a committee to finalise the new minimum wages – keeping the highest wage at Tk 10,000 and lowest at Tk 9,000 – for three classes of workers in the sector.
Vessel workers enforced the indefinite strike on April 20 midnight.
However, two days after its enforcement, the vessel strike was partially postponed on Friday nigh when the workers decided to run only passenger-carrying vessels until May 10.


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