Thousands of people were made to suffer as water transport workers went on an indefinite strike across the country early Tuesday to press home their 11-point demand, including in an increase in their wages.
Bangladesh Water Transport Workers’ Federation, which represents eight organisations, enforced the strike at 12:01am, said M Nabi Alam, vice-president of Chattogram chapter of Water Transport Workers’ Rights Protection Oikya Parishad.
He said the strike was called from a human chain formed in the capital by Bangladesh Water Transport Workers’ Federation on October 13.
Earlier, it announced a work abstention for an indefinite period to press for its demands.
The workers’ other demands include stopping extortion and robbery on river routes, providing them with wages as per the gazette announced in 2016, providing landing pass and food to India-bound workers by owners, providing Tk 10 lakh as compensation for the death of any worker in accident, putting an end to all kinds of irregularities and harassment of workers, and ensuring workers’ social safety.
Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority sat in a meeting with the workers which ended inconclusively.