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Passengers suffer as Barisal water transport workers go on indefinite strike

Transport workers pressed 10-point demand, including fixing their minimum wage at Tk20,000

Update : 27 Nov 2022, 01:18 PM

Water transport services on 18 routes from Barisal came to a standstill from Sunday midnight as water transport workers embarked on a strike, causing woes to passengers.

On November 19, water transport workers announced to go on an indefinite strike across the country from November 26 midnight to press home their 10-point demand, including fixing their minimum wage at Tk20,000.

Workers removed the launches from Barisal terminal at 12am Sunday and movement of vessels including those of long routes remained suspended, according to Barisal water transport owners.

Meanwhile, freight vessels' operation from Barisal also remained suspended due to the strike.

Master Ekin Ali, president of Noujan Sramik Sangram Parishad, said they will continue the strike until their demands are met.

Other demands of the workers are- providing appointment letter, identity card and service book to workers, formation of contributory provident fund and seafarer welfare fund to provide food and sea allowances, providing Tk10 lakh compensation for accident and death at work.

Besides, relaxation of restrictions on nighttime movement of sand-carrying bulkheads and dredgers, stopping terrorism, extortion and robbery on waterways, stopping harassment along the Indian border in providing landing passes to workers travelling India, 100% enforcement of goods transport policy at Chittagong port to force all lightering vessels to maintain serial, canceling the lease at Charpara Ghat and stopping all kinds of irregularities and mismanagement by the Department of Shipping.

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