Around 50 to 60 employees and workers blocked the road in Uttara on Tuesday morning
The employees and workers of Metro rail project have staged demonstrations, blocking the road in Uttara's Sector 18 of Dhaka, protesting against the layoffs by the authorities.
Around 50 to 60 employees and workers took position in front of the office on Tuesday morning and blocked the road around 10am alleging of getting fired from their jobs.
Turag police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nurul Muttakin told Dhaka Tribune that the road was cleared around 3pm, after a discussion was held among the authorities, employees and workers.
"The metro rail authorities said the workers were not laid off. They will be sent back to work again after the prevailing situation becomes normal as the work was stopped temporarily due to Covid-19 pandemic," he said
These employees and workers were recruited through third parties with an agreement "No work, no payment," he said.
Besides, as per the rules, 65% of their salaries have already been paid, the OC said.
The Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) is implementing the metro rail project from Uttara to Kamalpur.