Transport leader vows to continue 48-hr strike

Transport leader vows to continue 48-hr strike

Prothom Alo English Desk |Oct 28, 2018

Many ride on rickshaw getting no bus on 28 October, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom Alo

General secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, Osman Ali, on Sunday said now it is not possible to withdraw their ongoing 48-hour strike, reports UNB.

“The minister gave his opinion on the media but he could have talked to us. The matter could be resolved through dialogues,” he said while talking to UNB over phone.

Earlier, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said there is no possibility to bring any change in the Road Transport Act right now.

Responding to a query about their next course of programme, Osman said they would announce that on conclusion of the strike on 30 October.

The strike was peaceful across the country except some sporadic incidents, he said adding that action has been taken against the two transport workers in Jatrabari for pouring engine oil on the face of a car driver.

On Saturday, transport workers announced to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand.

Their demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V and stopping police harassment on roads.

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