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Road transport strike withdrawn

Road transport strike withdrawn

Agitating transport owners and workers withdrew their strike early Thursday (Nov 21) after the government assured them of accepting their reasonable demands.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal made the disclosure while talking to reporters in the early hours the day after a meeting with leaders of Bangladesh Truck, Covered-van Goods Transport Owners-Workers Oikya Parishad at his Dhaka residence, local media reported.

“We’ve considered their demands. Responding to their first demand, drivers will be allowed to use their current driving licenses until Jun 30 next year,” said the minister.

The authorities will also consider other demands, he added.

The Oikya Parishad went on a work abstention across the country for an indefinite period protesting against implementation of the Road Transport Act, causing sufferings to passengers and dealing a heavy blow to traders.

They announced that they would abstain from work across the country from 6am on Wednesday to press home their seven-point demand, including bringing changes to the new law.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman met the Parishad leaders at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The meeting ended at midnight.