Calling off strike not possible now: Transport leaders

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Dhaka, October 28: General secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation Osman Ali on Sunday said now it is not possible to withdraw their ongoing 48-hour strike. “The minister gave his opinion on the media but he could have talked to us. The matter could be resolved through dialogue,” he said while talking to UNB over phone.

Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said there is no possibility to bring any change in the Road Transport Act right now.

Responding to a query about their next course of programme, Osman said they would announce that on conclusion of the strike on October 30.

The strike was peaceful across the country except some sporadic incidents, he said adding that action has been taken against the two transport workers in Jatrabari for pouring black burnt Mobil on the face of a private car driver.

On Saturday, transport workers announced to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand.

Their demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 5 lakh for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V and stopping police harassment on roads.