Water transport workers, who have been observing work abstention — suspending cargo handling at Chattogram and Mongla ports’ outer anchorage, have agreed to withdraw their strike.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq confirmed the development to The Daily Star this evening.
The workers agreed to withdraw work abstention as owners have assured to provide food allowance, the BIWTA chairman said.
The decision was taken at a meeting held at Labour Ministry with the presence of State Minister Begum Monnujan Sufian while Shipping Ministry Secretary Mohammed Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, BIWTA Chairman, leaders of water transport workers and owners took part in the meeting.
Director General of Department of Shipping Commodore Abu Zafar Md Jalal Uddin, who was also present at the meeting, said as per the decision, the food allowance will be given at three levels — Tk 1,000, Tk 1,200 and Tk 1,500.
Meanwhile, despite the decision to call off the strike, water transport workers did not join work at Chattogram port till 7:50pm, reports our local correspondent.
Nabi Alam, joint secretary of Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation, said they will not join work until their senior leaders, who attended the meeting in Dhaka, inform them of the decision.
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