Transport Strike, Businesses in for a blow

Bangladesh paralyzed by transport strike

Bangladesh paralyzed by transport strike Transport workers bring out a procession at Dhaka

Bangladesh paralyzed by transport strike


Protesters create a blockade in Dhaka's Jatrabari area to prevent vehicles from passing on Sunday, October 28, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Raising an eight-point demand, including making all offences under the new Road Transport Act bailable and minimizing the fine of Tk5 lakh for causing accidents, workers refrained from driving and protested on streets throughout the day, immense suffering for commuters across the nation.


Transport workers across Bangladesh enforced the first day of their 48 hour strike on Sunday, paralyzing the country.

Raising an eight-point demand, including making all offences under the new Road Transport Act bailable and minimizing the fine of Tk5lakh for causing accidents, workers refrained from driving and protested on streets throughout the day, immense suffering for commuters across the nation.

Although two influential members of the cabinet – the road transport minister and the law minister- requested them to withdraw the strike, the calls were rejected by the workers.

On the other hand, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, also executive president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, remained silent on the matter.

The ongoing strike will continue till 6am Tuesday.

The workers held people hostage by keeping buses off the roads -- an old tactic they often use to press home their demands -- cutting off road communications between Dhaka and at least 19 districts.

The central leaders of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, an umbrella organisation of transport workers, said they have nothing to do with the strike.

However, sources in the transport sector told this newspaper that local leaders of the federation are behind the strike.



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