Meeting held between owners-workers council and home minister
Goods carrying transport owners and workers have called off the nationwide strike, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, after assurance that the authorities concerned would meet their 10-point demand.
The decision came following a meeting between the Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Lorry, Prime Mover Owners and Workers' Coordination Council, and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kal at his Dhanmondi residence in Dhaka on Sunday night.
Confirming the matter, the council’s Member Secretary Tajul Islam said that they have called off the strike and instructed the workers to resume works.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, while addressing the press at around 11pm, said: "We have taken steps to address the issues that can be solved immediately. The ones that will take time will be implemented gradually."
Regarding the 10-point demand pressed by the owners-workers council, the minister said: "We have had a long discussion. The council leaders have fixed the service charges themselves which will be collected only at selected spots. The goods carrying vehicles will be kept in vacant places in coordination with the concerned district police to avoid traffic jams.
Regarding the demand of withdrawing murder cases against drivers under Section 302, the minister said: "If anyone intentionally drives over a person and kills them, they must get booked under the specified law.
“The owners-workers leaders however demanded that law enforcement agencies must properly conduct their investigations before charging any of the workers with murder.”