Section of freight transport owners, workers promise 48-hour strike if demands are not met

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Photo: Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary

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Photo: Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary

A group of freight vehicle owners and workers today pledged to be off work for 48 hours from September 27 if the government does not respond to their request for 10 points by September 26.

Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Truck, Prime Mover Owners and Workers’ Coordination Council made the announcement during a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka today.

Osman Ali, general secretary of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, which supports the platform, read the statement.

“We want a written treaty on our demands. We will not back down from our demands based on verbal assurance,” said Osman Ali.

On August 21, the Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Truck, Prime Mover Owners and Workers’ Coordination Council called for a 48-hour abstention from September 27 to assert their demands.

Their demands include the withdrawal of murder cases against drivers under Article 302 of the Criminal Code for traffic accidents, the resolution of complexities related to the driving license, the abolition of withholding income tax ” additional “and allow them to update their vehicle documents without having to pay a fine amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rustam Ali Khan, host of the platform, said the Home Secretary would hold a meeting with them on September 26 to discuss their demands.

“We do not want abstention from work. We want our demands to be met,” he added.

The council made the announcement, a day after another group of owners and freight transport workers, which imposed a 72-hour strike since Tuesday, withdrew its program yesterday.


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