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Transport strike in Ctg postponed till Dec 4

  • Published at 05:32 pm November 29th, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:48 pm November 29th, 2016
Transport strike in Ctg postponed till Dec 4
Transport workers have postponed their strike till December 4 in all the routes of greater Chittagong. The decision came after the strikers held a meeting with Masud-ul-Hasan, additional commissioner (Traffic) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, at noon on Tuesday. Confirming the postponement, Ruhul Amin, president of Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation’s Chittagong divisional committee, told the Dhaka Tribune that they decided to postpone their strike upon the assurance of a high official of the CMP. Chittagong regional chapter of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation (Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation) enforced the strike for 24 hours in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban districts to push for their nine-point demand including putting an end to alleged police harassment and constructing bus terminals. The other demands are fixing parking spots for auto-rickshaws, providing appointment letters to all transport workers and ensuring the money of welfare trust to the workers, cutting the higher ferry tolls, setting Tk600 as the daily target and cancelling the target system of bus and human haulers in the city. The federation also wants to see the immediate suibmission of the charge sheet in the abduction case of transport leader Nurul Islam. “A meeting has been scheduled to be held on December 4 to discuss the demands. Chittagong City Corporation mayor, Chittagong Metropolitan Police commissioner and Chittagong Development Authority chairman will attend the meeting,” said the leader of the strikers. While visiting different intersections of the city, it was seen that motorised vehicles including CNG-run auto-rickshaws, public buses, trucks, human haulers stayed off the roads. Rickshaws and private cars were seen to dominate the city streets. Finding no other way, people were forced to walk to their respective destinations. Patients heading for hospitals and clinics, students, office-goers and apparel workers faced immense suffering due to the strike. The commuters alleged that the rickshaw pullers were charging exorbitant fares to take advantage of the strike.