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Transport Workers’ Federation calls off strike

1 March 2017, 3:59:38

Staff Reporter:Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association and Bangladesh Transport Workers' Federation have withdrawn the nationwide strike, which has crippled the country. Shipping Minister and executive president of Bangladesh Transport Workers' Federation confirmed this on Wednesday.

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has requested workers to go back to work citing of “assurances from the government” to meet their demands.

The minister placed the call after an inter-ministerial meeting followed by an internal meeting of the transport leaders.

Earlier in the afternoon, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader held a brief conference at his office with Law Minister Anisul Huq, Minister Khan, State Minister Ranga and Enayet Ullah.

Road communications across the country almost collapsed because of the transport strike. All buses and trucks started going off roads in the morning.

At first, the strike opened in Khulna division on Sunday in protest against the life sentence of bus driver Jamir Hossain. Jamir was jailed for life time imprisonment by a court for his rash driving that led to a road accident in Manikganj resulting in the deaths of noted film director Tarek Masud, cinematographer Mishuk Munir and three others.

The agitating workers enforced the strike shortly after a truck driver was sentenced to death for killing a woman in a road accident in Savar on the outskirts of the capital.

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