An association of owners and workers of goods-laden transport vehicles have called for a 48-hour strike across the country on October 12 and 13 to press home their nine-point demand, including amendment to the Road Transport Act.
Bangladesh Truck, Covered-van Goods Transport Owners-Workers Unity Council announced the strike in a press release today following a meeting held at a community centre in Chattogram where Osman Ali, general secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation, called the strike.
“The country’s transport sector is going through an anarchical situation as the government incorporated the Road Transport Act-2018 without considering the sake of the transport owners and workers, who are facing financial loss due to the new act,” Osman Ali said.
He also said the goods-laden and cargo transport sector will go into a 48-hour strike on October 12 and 13 in a bid to press home their nine-point demand which includes amending the Road Transport Act by December 31.
If the government does not take necessary steps following the strike, they would observe a 96-hour strike to press home their demands, he also said, adding that if their demands are still not met then they would go on strike indefinitely.
“If the workers will not ply their trucks, covered vans, prime movers, mini trucks and lorries, then all import-export activities at all the ports including Chattogram, along with transport of garments, food and goods and services will be halted,” Osman said.
Transport leaders at the meeting stressed that it is not their intention to put the government in a difficult position, but added that if their “logical demands are not met then they would wage strong movement with all transport owners and workers by their side”.