Indefinite ‘transport strike’ in Sylhet from Tuesday
Transport workers leaders have announced an indefinite strike in Sylhet from the morning of September 13 (Tuesday) on 5-point demand, including an end to ‘traffic police harassment’.
This decision was taken at the meeting of Sylhet District Road Transport Workers Coordinating Council consisting of 6 registered organizations of Sylhet on Sunday (September 11).
Ali Akbar Rajan, Joint General Secretary of Sylhet District Bus Minibus Coach Microbus Sramik Union, informed the media about this in a circular.
The five-point demand of the transport workers is- removal of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), stop excessive fines including traffic police harassment and wrecker trade, withdrawal of Nazmul Alam Romen, the representative of the Labor Court in Sylhet using the name of Sramik League. , reopening of stone quarries in light of High Court directives, speedy rehabilitation of dilapidated roads and stop sale of new CNG-powered auto-rickshaws and registration of vehicles sold. The transport workers also demanded to stop the movement of unauthorized vehicles such as auto-bikes, battery-powered rickshaws and dumping vehicles.
President of Sylhet District Road Transport Workers Coordinating Council and President of Sylhet District Bus Minibus Coach Microbus Workers Union Moinul Islam and general secretary of Coordinating Council. Dilu Miah, President of Sylhet District Truck Pickup Covered Van Workers Union, Sylhet District Bus Minibus Coach Microbus Workers Union General Secretary Abdul Muhim, Ima Laguna Human Huller Workers Union President Ranu Mia Moin, Sylhet District Auto Tempu Auto Rickshaw Workers Union addressed the meeting under the direction of Zakaria Ahmed. President Abdul Halim Bhasani, Sylhet District Tank-Lorry Workers Union President Monir Miah, Sylhet District CNG Autorickshaw Workers Union General Secretary Azad Miah, Sylhet District Truck Covered Van Pickup Workers Union General Secretary Abdul Gafur, Transport Workers Coordinating Council Organizing Secretary and District Bus Minibus Coach Ali Akbar Rajon Joint Secretary of Microbus Workers Union.
The leaders of the transport workers said in the meeting that a memorandum has been submitted to the Home Minister on the initiative of the council, stating 5 fair demands. Copies of the memorandum have also been sent to all concerned sectors of Sylhet administration. Apart from this, a human chain of transport workers was held at Humayun Rashid Chattar in South Surma on the same demand on September 8. But still we were forced to take this decision as our demands were not accepted.
Speakers said that no driver will go out with a car on the roads of Sylhet district from the morning of Tuesday, September 13. If our 5-point demand is not accepted immediately, there will be no other way open for us except to carry out this strict program.