Transport workers stage demonstrations for resuming bus service

Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation holds a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday. — New Age photo The road transport workers on Sunday staged demonstrations in Dhaka and some other districts demanding the resumption of public transport services amid the ongoing restrictions imposed on movement and other activities to contain the spread of Covid-19. They also demanded financial support and relief for the workers and rice for the workers at Tk 10 a kilogram and government’s open market sale points at all bus and truck terminals.

Earlier on Friday, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation at a press conference in Dhaka announced the countrywide protests to press home the three-point demands.

The programmes include countrywide protests on Sunday and protests in front of deputy commissioner’s office in district headquarters on Tuesday. On Sunday morning, the federation leaders and activists held a procession at the Gabtoli bus terminal area. The federation assistant secretary and Abbas Uddin told New Age that only transport workers became unemployed during the restrictions while all other transports, industries, shopping malls, markets, different offices, garments, and kitchen markets remained open.

So, he said, they urged the authorities to resume bus services before the Eid-Ul-Fitr. Workers also staged demonstrations at Mohakhali and Saidabad bus terminals in Dhaka and other districts including Sirajganj and Narsingdi. Meanwhile the road, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that the government was considering the resumption of public transport services in the country ahead of the Eid.

He also urged the transport owners and workers not to resort to protests over the issue and to ‘be patient’.

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