Water transport workers on indefinite strike for wage hike

Dhaka, Nov 29 – Water transport workers announced an indefinite strike across the country from Friday midnight to press home their 11-point demand. Bangladesh Water Transport Federation called the strike on Friday.
The workers’ demand includes hiking wages, providing risk allowance, stopping extortion, and ensuring clean water and food.
All types of vessels will stop operation on 33 routes including Dhaka’s Sadarghat, Chandpur, Barishal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Vandira and Jhalakati.
Operation of lighterage vessels will also remain suspended at Chattogram river port.
Shah Alam Bhuiyan, president of Bangladesh Water Transport Workers’ Federation, said this will be the third time they are going on strike.
He said they have been forced to go on an indefinite strike since their demands are yet to be fulfilled, he added. UNB