Water transport workers strike halts lighterage in Ctg Port
Published : Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 567
CHATTOGRAM, Apr 16: The lighterage in all vessels at the outer anchorage of the Chattogram Port remained suspended following nationwide indefinite strike of the water transport workers since April 15 to press home their 11-point demand.
The workers under the banner of Bangladesh Water Transport Workers'
Federation began the strike at 12:01am on Tuesday.
Following the strike, the workers suspended plying off all types of passenger and goods-laden vessels from Sadarghat, Khulna, Mongla and Chandpur ports. Besides, more than 200 lighter vessels in the Chattogram Port remained idle in all the ghats of the river Karnaphuli and at the Outer anchorage of the port.
The demands include taking action against terrorism and extortion, stopping of workers' harassment, full implementation of pay scale 2016, providing Tk 10 lakh compensation for any injury of a worker and cracking down robbery on the river routes.
On February 27, the workers gave an ultimatum of a strike if their demands are not met within March 20.
Workers at Chattogram Ports as elsewhere in the country suspended plying of all water transports including goods carriers since the midnight.
The workers also kept suspended loading and unloading of goods at the Chattogram and Mongla ports.
Meanwhile in a latest report, the launch owners have decided to continue river services despite the ongoing strike by water transport workers over a wage dispute.
The workers have not joined a scheduled meeting with the owners to sort out the wage dispute, one of the issues that led to the strike.