Monday, 30 January, 2023

Passengers suffer for water transport strike

Passengers suffer for water transport strike
Water vessels plying Dhaka-Barishal route lie anchored at Sadarghat Launch terminal as the water transport workers go on strike on Sunday to press for their 10-point demand. —sun Photo

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BARISHAL: Water transport services on 18 routes from Barishal came to a standstill from Sunday midnight as water transport workers embarked on a strike, causing woes to passengers, reports UNB.

The water transport workers an announced the  strike on Saturday night to press home their 10-point demand including fixing their minimum wage at Tk 20,000.

Workers removed the launches from Barishal terminal at 11am Sunday and movement of vessels including those of long routes remained suspended, according to Barishal water transport owners.

Meanwhile, freight vessels’ operation from Barishal also remained suspended due to the strike.

Master Ekin Ali, president of Noujan Sramik Sangram Parishad, said they will continue the strike until their demands are met.

Other demands of the workers are- providing appointment letter, identity card and service book to workers, formation of Contributory Provident Fund and Seafarer Welfare Fund to provide food and sea allowances, providing Tk 10 lakh compensation for accident and death at work.

Besides, relaxation of restrictions on nighttime movement of sand-carrying bulkheads and dredgers, stopping terrorism, extortion and robbery on waterways, stopping harassment along the Indian border in providing landing passes to workers travelling India, 100 percent enforcement of goods transport policy at Chattogram port to force all lightering vessels to maintain serial, canceling the lease at Charpara Ghat and stopping all kinds of irregularities and mismanagement by the Department of Shipping.