Sylhet transport workers enforce indefinite strike
Published: December 15, 2015 3:51 pm
15 December 2015, Nirapad News: Transport workers have started an indefinite strike in Sylhet to press the authorities to accept their five demands.
Sylhet Truck Workers Union and Road Transport Workers Union jointly are enforcing the ‘no work’ agitation from Tuesday morning.
Road Transport Workers Union President Selim Ahmed Falik said, “We are protesting an assault on transport workers by law-enforcers as well as showing solidarity with the five-point charter of demands brought up by the Truck Workers Union.”
The strike will continue until their demands were met, he added.
No long-route buses or trucks left the city since morning. Only a small number of public transport were plying the streets.
Truck Workers Union President Dilu Mia said the workers had been peacefully observing the strike since Sunday morning to push for five demands, which include repair of Sylhet-Jaflong, and Sylhet-Bholaganj roads and end of ‘extortion’ by police.
He claimed that police attacked the workers in Chandipul area around 11pm same day and beat them up.
Dilu also echoed Falik in promising to continue their demonstration and strike unless the authorities meet their demands.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Rahmat Ullah said they had informed the local administration about the demand of the workers.
The next course of action will depend on what senior officials think about the agitation, he said.