Sylhet fuel traders declare indefinite strike from Jan 18
In light of the current fuel crisis, Sylhet's fuel traders will go on an indefinite strike from Wednesday. Sylhet Divisional Committee of Bangladesh Petroleum Dealers, Distributors, Agents, and Petroleum Owners Association has announced the indefinite strike after an emergency meeting on Saturday. According to their decision, traders will cease purchasing from the depot beginning next Wednesday (January 18) and cease selling to consumers from the following Sunday (January 22) for an indefinite period. “The supply of fuel has long fallen short of the demand. The Sylhet oil traders have no choice but to protest,” said the speakers in the meeting. According to Sylhet fuel traders, the district's oil pumps have been running low on fuel for a long time due to the irregular movement of railway wagons from Chattagram to Sylhet. Previously, condensate (a mixture of light liquid hydrocarbons) obtained from Sylhet's gas fields was converted to petrol in multiple Sylhet plants. Since these government-owned plants were shut down, the condensate is now converted to petrol in Chittagong by a private plant. The district's fuel traders claimed that depot officials' inaction caused the crisis. "Authorities have repeatedly failed to supply fuel oil. They're just making excuses, and traders are suffering severe losses as a result. That is why we called a strike," said Jubaer Ahmed Chowdhury, Central Secretary General and President of Sylhet Divisional Committee. Jubaer along with Humayun Ahmed, General Secretary, made the announcement.
Passengers suffer as Barishal water transport workers go on indefinite strike
Water transport services on 18 routes from Barishal came to a standstill from Sunday midnight as workers went on a strike, causing passenger sufferings. The water transport workers announced the strike on Saturday night to press home their 10-point demand, including setting their minimum wage at Tk 20,000. Workers removed launches from Barishal terminal at 12am Sunday and movement of vessels, including those on long routes, remained suspended, according to Barishal water transport owners. Read more: BNP's rally the cue for Rajshahi transport owners to strike Freight operation from Barishal also remained suspended due to the strike. Master Ekin Ali, president of Noujan Sramik Sangram Parishad, said they will continue the strike until their demands are met. Other demands of the workers are: providing appointment letter, identity card and service book to workers; formation of Contributory Provident Fund and Seafarer Welfare Fund to provide food and sea allowances; providing Tk 10 lakh compensation for accident and death while on duty. Read more: Water transport workers to go on strike from Nov 26 Besides, water transport workers also want relaxation of restrictions on night-time movement of sand-carrying bulkheads and dredgers, stopping terrorism, extortion and robbery on waterways, stopping harassment along the Indian border in providing landing passes to workers travelling to India, 100% enforcement of goods transport policy at Chattogram port, and cancelling lease at Charpara Ghat and stopping all kinds of irregularities and mismanagement by the Department of Shipping.
Tea workers go on indefinite strike for minimum Tk300 daily wage
Thousands of workers of 167 tea gardens across the country, including 92 of Moulvibazar, went on an indefinite strike Saturday, demanding an increase in their daily wages to Tk300 from Tk120. Many workers also took to the streets in Choumohunay of Srimangal to press home their demand. The protesters said they will continue the strike until their demand is met. However, there will be no protests on Sunday, which is the weekly holiday for the workers, and Monday, which is National Mourning Day. Read: Tea workers go on strike demanding better pay Pankaj Panda, vice president of Bangladesh Tea Workers Union Central Committee, and Bijoy Hajra, president of Bangladesh Tea Workers' Union Balishira Valley, and Organising Secretary of the Union's Central Committee and other leaders from different valleys spoke at the protest rally. Workers demanded an increase to Tk300 a day, with inflation rising and the currency depreciating and said that workers in the country’s all tea gardens began a full-scale strike on Saturday, after four days of two-hour stoppages. Bangladesh is producing a record amount of tea every year through the toil of the tea workers. In 2021, a record 96 million kilograms of tea was produced in the country thanks to the hard labour of the underpaid tea workers. Although two agreements on increasing wages have been reached, the fate of more than 1.5 lakh tea workers in the country hasn’t changed a bit. Earlier on Friday, Bijoy Hajra, President of Bangladesh Tea Workers’ Union Balishira Valley and Organizing Secretary of the Union’s Central Committee, said that rampant price hikes of daily essentials are making it impossible for the tea workers to run their families on a meagre income of Tk 120 per day. “We’ve discussed the matter with the tea garden owners time and again but they are constantly breaking the agreements reached between the Union and the owners. Increasing the wages of the tea workers is a longstanding demand. Though the existing agreements say that wages will be increased every year, the owners haven’t done so for the last three years. That’s why we’ve been forced to call for a tough movement,” said Bijoy.
Benapole transporters go on indefinite strike
Transporters at Benapole on Wednesday embarked on an indefinite strike to press their three-point demand, including the transfer of an official of the land port. Azim Uddin Gazi, general secretary of Benapole Transport Agency Owners Association, made the announcement on Tuesday. "We will not call off our strike until our demands are met." Read: C&F agents’ strike: Unloading at 11 customs station including Benapole suspended on Tuesday The demands include withdrawing Mamun Kabir Tarafdar, deputy director of Benapole Land Port, appointing a skilled driver and keeping the port area free from traffic congestion. Mamun Tarafdar is involved in corruption, Azim said. Meanwhile, the Federation of Bangladesh C&F Agent Association staged a protest at the port on Tuesday to press their several-point demands.
Transport agencies declare indefinite strike at Benapole port from Wednesday
Five organisations including the Benapole Transport Agency Owners Association have announced an indefinite strike from Wednesday to press three demands, including withdrawal of an official of the Benapole port. Azim Uddin Gazi, general secretary of Benapole Transport Agency Owners Association, made the announcement on Tuesday and said they will go for indefinite work abstention from Wednesday. The demands include withdrawing Mamun Kabir Tarafdar, deputy director of Benapole Land port, to appoint a skilled driver after increasing the supply of much equipment needed for the port and keep the port area free from traffic congestion after expanding designated places and ensuring adequate sheds. Meanwhile, five organisations staged a demonstration in front of the port. Loading and unloading of goods at Benapole port remained suspended for Tuesday as the Federation of Bangladesh C&F Agent Association enforced a day-long strike at the port to press home their several-point demands. Also Read: C&F agents’ strike: Unloading at 11 customs station including Benapole suspended on Tuesday Trade between India and Bangladesh remained suspended following the strike, at least through the ports covered by the strike. Azizur Rahman, the customs commissioner of Benapole Customs, said the customs house, port and check-post activities were operating as normal during the daylong strike. Activities at a number of ports including Chattogram port, Dhaka customs, ICT, Mongla Port, Hili Port, Sonamasjid port and Bhomra port were however suspended as the strike was enforced countrywide. When speaking, Azim said the loading and unloading activities of the port have been disrupted due to a crane forklift at the port. The transport agency owners placed their demand for ensuring adequate supply of port equipment but the authorities concerned did not pay any heed to their demand. Besides, Mamun is involved in many irregularities taking advantage of his post, he said. Azim also threatened to continue their movement until their demands are met.
Benapole transport owners call indefinite strike from Tuesday
Benapole Transport Agency Owners Association will go for an indefinite strike from Tuesday demanding adequate cranes and forklifts for the country's largest land port. Azim Uddin Gazi, general secretary of Benapole Transport Agency Owners Association, disclosed the decision on Monday. He said that due to lack of adequate cranes and forklifts, loading and unloading of heavy goods are being seriously hampered. Read: Transport workers call off indefinite strike in Dinajpur As a result, it is taking long time to unload the imported goods, forcing the traders to go to another port, he said. “Besides, Deputy Director (Traffic) of Benapole Land Port Mamun Kabir Tarafdar was informed of the problems we are facing but he did not take any action,” Gazi added. “There are 6 cranes and 10 forklifts at the port. Though some of these have been damaged, the repairing work is underway and the problem will be solved soon, “said Mamun Kabir Tarafdar, Benapole Port Deputy Director (Traffic). Read: Railway staffers withdraw strike hours after enforcement Nayan, a representative of the owners, said that almost all the cranes and forklifts at the port have become obsolete. As a result, they have to pay extra money to rent trucks every day which is causing huge losses, Nayan added.
Transport workers go on indefinite strike in Dinajpur
Transport workers went on an indefinite strike on all routes of Dinajpur Thursday morning protesting the arrest of eight fellow workers and the attack on a transport leader. Locals said transport workers put up barricades in many places including Dinajpur central bus terminal and Baluadanga bus stand in the morning. Also read: Sylhet transport workers' indefinite strike withdrawn after one day No passenger buses and goods-laden trucks left the district since morning due to the strike, causing sufferings to common people.. Fazle Rabbi, general secretary of the district Motor Transport Workers’ Union, said police arrested eight transport workers including Ambulance Drivers’s Union general secretary Mainuddin following separate clashes among ambulance drivers and police and human hauler (Paglu) drivers and transport workers in Baluadanga Thursday night. As police did not release the detainees till morning, transport workers called for an indefinite transport strike in the district. Transport workers alleged that human hauler drivers beat Baluadanga bus stand general secretary Dablu up over controlling transport business in the town. Police did not take any action against the attackers after getting complaint which created anger among the transport workers. Also read: Goods transport workers call off strike In a separate incident, ambulance drivers of M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital locked into a clash with police at night, protesting the arrest of six ambulance drivers. Police detained the six drivers over an allegation filed by Md Mamun, an official of the hospital, that ambulance drivers were taking additional money from the patients in hostage. A meeting among transport workers-owners, police, and the administration was underway Thursday noon to settle the matter.
Tank-lorry owners to go on indefinite strike Jan 3
Bangladesh Tank-lorry Owners Association has called an indefinite strike from January 3 across the country to demand that the government allows them to raise transportation fare following recent hike in diesel. General Secretary of Bangladesh Tank-lorry Owners Association, Sheikh Farhad Hossain announced the programme on Tuesday. Read: Petrol pumps owners, tank-lorry workers call off strike “The bus fare increased following the price hike of diesel but no steps have been taken yet to raise the fare of tank-lorry. So, we have decided to enforce an indefinite strike from January 3,” he said. Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has increased the fares for intra-city and inter-district buses by over 26 per cent and 27 per cent respectively as demanded by the bus owners. The decision came at a meeting between the BRTA and the bus owners on November 7. Read: Tank-lorry workers call off strike after 2 days The government on November 3 raised the prices of diesel and kerosine at the retail level. As per the new price, the fuel is now selling at Tk 80 per litre instead of Tk 65. It said the prices of other petroleum products will remain unchanged.
Fuel price hike: transporters to go on indefinite strike from Friday
Bus, truck and covered van owners called an indefinite nationwide strike from Friday in protest against fuel price hike. Convenor of Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van, Tank Lorry and Prime Movers Owners and Workers Coordination Council Md Rustom Ali announced their decision on Thursday following an emergency meeting of the organization. Leaders of the organization said the government raised the toll of Bangabandhu Bridge and Muktarpur Bridge from 257 per cent to 300 per cent “illogically” on November 2 and then it raised the prices of fuel, said a press release. Read:Diesel, kerosene prices raised to Tk 80 per litre Transport movement had remained suspended for a long time due to Covid in the last two years. When the transport owners are trying to make a turnaround from their huge losses caused by Covid shutdown, the decision of raising bridge toll and fuel price was announced, they added. UNB Rajshahi correspondent reports that the transport owners and workers have decided to suspend their services from 6:00am on Friday protesting the price hike. Mahatab Hossain Chowdhury, general secretary of Rajshahi District Motor Workers’ Union, confirmed the decision. They also demanded the bus fare be adjusted in line with the fuel price hike.
Laxmipur stevedores declare indefinite strike
Stevedores in Laxmipur Tuesday went on an indefinite strike unveiling an 11-point set of demands including introduction of food and security allowance.