Group of transport owners, workers call off strike following home minister’s assurance
A group of owners and workers of goods-carrying vehicles, who had vowed to go on a 48-hour work abstention from tomorrow, withdrew their programme following a meeting with the home minister today.
"The government has agreed to meet our 10-point demand. So, we have decided to withdraw our work abstention," Hossain Ahmed Mojumder, a coordinator of the group told The Daily Star tonight.
Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Lorry, Prime Mover Owners and Workers' Coordination Council on August 21 called the work abstention to press home their 10-point demand.
From a press conference, the group on September 23 vowed to go for the programme, if the government does not meet their demand within today (September 26).
Today Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal held a five-hour long meeting with the group at the secretariat, Hossain said.
"The meeting is over but we are waiting for the resolution of the meeting in written," he said around 8:15pm tonight.
Their demands include investigation into the death of two transport workers, withdrawing murder cases against drivers under section 302 of the penal code for road accidents, solving driving licence-related complexities, withdrawing the "additional" advance income tax and allowing them to update their vehicle documents without having to pay any fine amid the pandemic.
Another group of owners and workers of goods transport had gone on a 72-hour strike from September 21 to press home almost similar demands and withdrew their programme the following day after a meeting with the home minister.