The workers went on a work abstention programme from 6:00am Saturday morning, to press home their five-point demands including implementation of the minimum wage announced by the government
Workers of prime movers and trailers have postponed their work abstention programme on Saturday evening resuming the transportation of containers between private depots and the Chattogram Sea Port after 12 hours.
However, they will start the work abstention programme again if the meeting with the administration on Sunday does not reach an agreement, said Main Uddin, president of Prime Mover-Trailer Sramik Union.
The workers went on a work abstention from 9:00am Saturday morning, to press home their five-point demands including implementation of the minimum wage announced by the government.
Transportation of containers between private depots and the Chattogram Sea Port remained completely halted due to the work abstention called by the workers.
"Every day, around 7,000 prime movers carry goods-laden containers from the Chattogram port to various parts of the country. About 14,000 workers are involved in this activity," Main said.
He also added that though various movement programmes were held at different times to meet the demands of the workers, owners did not fulfil those demands.
Apart from the implementation of the minimum wage, the other four demands of the workers include the issuance of appointment letters to workers as per the Labour Law, refunding of money illegally deducted by the BSRM, refraining from work without any prior notice and restoring the 23 prime mover drivers, who were sacked by the BSRM, to their job.
However, the loading and unloading of containers to and from the vessels at the port jetties were going on normally, said Omar Faruque, secretary of the Chittagong Port Authority.