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Boat strike suspended, demands met

Boat strike suspended, demands met

The boat strike program called by the Bangladesh Boat Workers Federation has been suspended. On Monday, the Ministry of Labor and Employment of the capital announced the suspension of the program after receiving assurances to meet the demands in a tripartite meeting.

State Minister of Labor and Employment Bir Muktijoddha. Nazrul Islam Chowdhury presided over the meeting. Several government officials who participated in the meeting gave this information. Director General of Shipping Department Commodore Maqsood Alam, leaders of ship owner organizations, officials of various related organizations of the government participated in the meeting.

General Secretary of Bangladesh Nauyan Sramik Federation Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam told the media, ‘We have suspended the program for the time being. If you refuse to accept the demand, you will be forced to go to the movement again.’

Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam also said, ‘After taking the oath, the Labor State Minister held his first office today. He will be sitting with us again soon. Hope you solve our demand quickly.’

Incidentally, the boat workers announced an indefinite strike on 11-point demands including ensuring the safety of boat workers, stopping police harassment. There was supposed to be a naval strike across the country from 12:01 PM on Monday. As a result of the suspension of the program, boat traffic will continue across the country.

The demands also include – ensuring the safety of seafarers, providing landing passes to Indian-bound workers, stopping terrorism, extortion, robbery and police harassment on waterways, protecting the navigability of waterways, issuing identity cards and employment papers to seafarers, relaxing restrictions on night movement. Apart from this, bringing all the owner associations on one platform for transportation of goods to all ports, re-contracting with the owners on unresolved contractual issues. Making the Sankh River suitable for safe keeping of ships in Chittagong port, de-leasing five ghats for the safe passage of sailors in Chittagong port, stopping the process of cancellation of master and driver certificates without a court decision.