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Transport workers commence 48-hr work abstention

Transport workers commence 48-hr work abstention

Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation has called a 48-hour work abstention across the country from Sunday (Oct 28) in demand of amendments to the Road Transport Act 2018. The announcement was made in a press release signed by federation president and general secretary on Saturday (Oct 27), local media reports said.

According to the press release, the Road Transport Act 2018 was passed in parliament on Sep 19. The law contains sections that are both for protecting and contrary to workers’ interests. Moreover, road accident was counted as crime in the law, and driver might face death penalty in road accident case. 

Thus the transport workers can't carry out their duties under such "uncertainty" and "fear". We have no other option but to form a movement now. A 48-hour work abstention will be observed from 6:00 a.m. Sunday (Oct 28) in demand of amending several sections of the law that are contrary to the interest of transport workers, said the press release. 

Earlier on Oct 7, transport owner and workers called strike to realize their 7-point demand including making amendment to the law. On Oct 9, the strike was called off based on Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan’s assurance.