Passengers suffer as transport workers go on strike in Pabna

Our Correspondent . Pabna | Published: 00:44, Sep 03,2019


Buses are parked inside Pabna transport during a strike of workers on Monday demandingpay hike. — New Age photo

Passengers who came out of home from different corners of Panba district to go to different destinations had to face immense sufferings as the transport workers suddenly went on strike early Monday demanding their wage hike.

Movement of the transports, however, began since 5:30pm when the workers withdrew their strike, the workers as well as the commuters said.

‘We withdrew the strike after getting assurance from the owners after a three-hour meeting ending 5:30pm,’ Pabna district Transport Workers’ Association president Firoz Khan told New Age.

Since early Monday, vehicles’ movement from Pabna to different districts including Dhaka remained halted while the passengers of different routes faced immense crises to reach the destination.

 Transport workers brought out a procession and staged demonstration for an increase in wages of workers for the sake of livelihood while cost of living was soaring up rapidly, said Firoz Khan, adding that the transport owners had already increased transport fare but their wages did not increase.

Transport workers for past few years have been demanding wage hike but the transport owners are reluctant to fulfill the demand of the workers, he alleged.

Vehicles remained stranded at the bus terminals and bus stops while many passengers, who were in badly need to travel, reached their destination by three wheelers or rented motorcycles by spending many times higher.

 ‘I did not know about the transport strike. When I came to bus stand for going to my workplace in Kushtia on Monday morning, I found no vehicle on the road. I reached my destination spending three hours travelling on three-wheelers.’ Muslima Khatun, a school teacher said.

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