Hundreds of lighter cargo vessels are stranded in Shitalakshya River
Water transport workers continued their indefinite countrywide strike for the third consecutive day on Thursday to press home their 11-point demand.
The strike by Bangladesh Water Transport Workers' Federation started at 12am on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, hundreds of lighter cargo vessels remain stranded in Shitalakshya River in Narsingdi’s Ghorashal.
The strike has created a stalemate in the transportation and movement of goods by river. The stranded ships carry a variety of industrial and food products, including clay, soybeans and maize.
The water transport workers are passing idle time by halting the movement of all types of cargo vessels and are chanting slogans in support of their demands.
The demands include payment of salaries of the water transport workers as per the gazette announced in 2016, food allowance, health care equipment, provision of appointment letters, issuing identity cards and service books to workers, ensuring their social security, compensation of Tk10 lakh for those killed in workplace accidents and effective measures to stop extortion on the waterways.