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Water transport workers call off strike over pay hike

28 November 2022
Water transport workers call off strike over pay hike

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Online Desk:

Water transport workers have called off a nationwide strike over a minimum wage of Tk 20,000 and several other demands. 

The announcement came after a meeting between State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian and representatives of vessel owners and workers on Monday, reports bdnew24.com. 

Officials of the shipping ministry, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and Bangladesh Shipping Corporation were also present.

A committee formed by the government to fix the pay structure for the workers will sit on Tuesday and complete the work within a month, said Chowdhury Ashikur Rahman, general secretary of the Water Transport Workers Council. 

The meeting also decided that the workers of vessels with a capacity of up to 1 tonne will get an allowance of Tk 1,200 from November, according to Ashikur. The workers of vessels with bigger capacity will get Tk 1,500 in allowances. 

The council started the strike on Sunday, crippling goods transport and passenger travel across the country.

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