Alexa Transport strike called off

Dhaka, Friday   13 December 2019

Assurance of HM

Transport strike called off

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:51 AM, 21 November 2019   Updated: 09:53 AM, 21 November 2019



With the assurance from Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal that the demands of the goods transport owner-workers regarding the amendment of the Road Transport Act, the transport leaders and workers have called off their nationwide strike that began on Wednesday.

The decision was taken at a meeting with transport owners and workers at the Home Minister’s residence in Dhanmondi around 12:45 am on Wednesday. Earlier, the meeting started after 9:30 pm. 

The Home Minister said they have promised to withdraw the strike. “We have discussed their 9-points demand. The government will look into the nine demands,” he said. 

They have been given time until June 30, 2020, for updating licenses, fitness certificates and driving licenses, along with other necessary documents, in order, the minister also said adding, “We will send in a recommendation form to the Ministry of Communications to consider their demands for amendment of the law. They will consider these and work with the Ministry of Law.” 

Roads and highways department officials, senior officials of BRTA were also present in the meeting.

Earlier, the transport workers started arriving at the minister’s residence from around 7:30 pm to attend the pre-scheduled meeting.

Covered-van Goods Transport Owners-Workers Unity Council called an indefinite strike on Wednesday demanding a 9-point demand including suspension and amendment of the ‘Road Transport Act 2018’. Due to the paucity of truck workers, there were few public transportations operated on the road.