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BRTC workers go on strike, demand outstanding payments

They claim they will not return to work until their dues have been paid

Update : 08 Jan 2019, 01:15 PM

Workers of the state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) are on strike, demanding the payment of outstanding dues.

Bus drivers, conductors, and office staff of Joarshahara BRTC bus depot, in Dhaka's Khilkhet area, halted bus services at 6am Tuesday.

Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, over the phone, BRTC bus driver Md Mizan said: "Around 300 of us have gone on strike since the morning.

"We have constantly been assured by BRTC officials that our payments are being cleared, and that we will receive raises. They also promised to take care of this by December 30 of last year," he said.

“Since they have not kept their word, we have decided to halt services till the dues have been cleared,” he continued.

"We are unable to pay rent and our childrens’ schools fees because outstanding dues have been piling up for the last nine months," he added.

Mizan concluded by saying they would not go back to work unless the dues were cleared, since he finds that BRTC officials seldom fulfill their promises. 

The reporter tried to contact with Khilkhet police station Officer-in-Charge Monirul regarding this matter but he was not available at that moment.

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