Transport workers declared to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demands.
The workers under the banner of ‘Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation’ will stage the work abstention from 6 am Sunday to 6 am Tuesday, the federation’s general secretary Usman Ali told UNB. We are willing to discuss our demands with the government, he said adding “If our demands are met we will call off the strike.”
Their demands include making all offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 5 lakh for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.
Earlier on October 12, the workers’ association, decided to launch demonstration by going on a two-day work abstention from October 28 to press home their eight-point demands that included amendments to the Road Transport Act, if their demands are not met by October 27.