Road transport workers on Saturday demanded personal protective equipment, treatment and compensation during the COVID-19 outbreak situation.
In a press release, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation also demanded rations and appointment letter for the workers, numbering around 50 lakh.
The release, quoting federation president Shajahan Khan and general secretary Osman Ali, said that the government resumed movement of public transports on a limited scale from June 1.
They said that transport workers carried crores of passengers daily amid the fear of coronavirus infection. Beside the workers, passengers also risk infection, the release continued.
The leaders urged the government to provide PPE, treatment for infected workers, compensation if any worker dies, rice at the rate of Tk 10 per kilogram and appointment letters for workers.
According to transport leaders, the workers, without exception, are registered under 231 countrywide unions which in turn are registered under Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, the apex organisation of the road transport workers.
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