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Ministers at loggerheads over transport strike

  • Published at 03:21 pm February 28th, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:10 pm February 28th, 2017
Ministers at loggerheads over transport strike
Now Law Minister Anisul Huq has snubbed the pro-government transport workers' countrywide strike, saying he does not see any logic behind the programme that is making the public suffer. “It is illogical,” he said on Tuesday when reporters asked him about the ongoing indefinite strike. On Sunday, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, executive president of the Transport Workers’ Federation, defended the strike but Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader dubbed it unacceptable. The following day, transport leaders of Khulna division withdrew their indefinite strike enforced in the division's 10 districts from Sunday after an exchange of views meeting with the administration. But the central leaders of the pro-government Transport Workers’ Federation rejected the decision at an emergency meeting Monday night and announced the countrywide strike from Tuesday morning. The transport leaders of Chudanga first initiated the strike in the district on February 22, in protest against the life sentence of bus driver Jamir Hossain for the deaths of five people, including Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier, in a road crash in 2011. “The court's decision cannot be changed through the strike,” the law minister said, adding that the matter had to be resolved in court. Anisul said the protesters had the option to move the High Court against the judgement. Asked if the strike was contrary to the law, the minister said that the court would determine it.