Prime mover workers to go on strike for licences

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 23:39, Jan 27,2020


Prime movers and trailers workers on Monday announced that they would observe a 24-hour strike in Chattogram demanding licences for operating heavy vehicles.

The work abstention will begin at 6:00am on Thursday (January 30) and continue up to 6:00am on Friday, said the leaders.

During the strike, the heavy and long vehicles would not move on the road, said Chattogram Prime Mover-Trailer Workers’ Union general secretary Abu Bakkar Siddque at a press conference in Chattogram Press Club on Monday.

He said that the authority should provide licences for driving heavy vehicle to 282 prime mover and trailer drivers by taking direct examination.

Under this organisation there are 17,000 heavy vehicle drivers. Among them 18 per cent drivers have licences to drive heavy vehicles, but the rest have licences to operate medium or light vehicles.

He said that in August 2019, the 282 drivers applied for licences for heavy vehicles. Though five months had passed, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authorities did not give licences to all and said that it would give licence to only 71 out of 282.

Bakkar said that they the BRTA authorities should take exams and give licences to all the members of the Prime Mover-Trailer Workers’ Union.

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