Making people hostage to attain any demand, no matter whether it was logical or illogical, had been a common weapon till the first decade of the current century in Bangladesh. Though the frequency of calling strikes has reduced, the unlawful practice is yet to be stopped completely. Since political parties are hardly seen calling a strike in recent years, some associations have turned out to be powerful to make people suffer as per their wish. The transport-related associations are surely top of that list.
The country has come to a halt once again, and people are enduring untold sufferings as the transport owners and workers called a fresh strike for an indefinite period in order to meet their demand for either to increase transport fare or to cancel the recently-declared price hike of diesel. Though the effect of diesel and kerosene oil price hike will indeed be immense to the common people, in particular fixed income group, the strike called out of the blue is acceptable neither in terms of related laws nor in consideration of public sufferings. But, the transport owners and workers hardly care about those issues.
Their audacity indeed has crossed all limits. Time has, therefore, come to diminish their overconfidence. Legal action should be taken against them as the owners and workers violate the laws by calling a strike and calling it without any prior notice respectively. At the same time, an environment should be created where problems, if arises, can be solved on the table, not on the roads. Most of all, the practice of making people hostage should be stopped at any cost.