Goods transport strike called off
The group of owners and workers of goods transport, who have been enforcing a 72-hour strike from yesterday, has withdrawn their programme today.
"We have withdrawn our work abstention following a fruitful meeting with the home minster at the Secretariat today," Talukder Mohammed Monir, top leader of the platform enforcing the strike, told The Daily Star.
Bangladesh Covered-Van, Truck, Prime Mover Goods Transportation Owners Association and Bangladesh Truck Drivers Workers Federation on August 28 called the 72-hour strike to press home their 15-point demand.
Their demands include withdrawing "additional" income tax, issuing "heavy vehicle licences" to those driving heavy vehicles directly (currently, a driver has to get light vehicle licence and then licence for medium vehicles before getting licence for heavy vehicles), and changes in the Road Transport Act-2018.
The strike halted the operation of goods transport from major sea and land ports since yesterday morning.
Monir, president of Bangladesh Truck Drivers Workers Federation, said the home minister agreed to meet their 14 points and sought time to meet another -- regarding withdrawal of additional income tax.