Bus services returned to normal in Sylhet on Wednesday, with transport workers calling off their strike on Tuesday night.
The aggrieved transport workers called off their strike after the district administration assured them of meeting their five-point demand, according to union leaders.
“We had a meeting with officials of the district administration around 8pm and they gave us an assurance to meet all our demands,” said Ali Akbar Rajan, joint general secretary of the district bus, mini bus, coach, and microbus workers’ union.
“At the same time, the district administration officials requested us to suspend the strike in view of the SSC examination. So, we have decided to withdraw the indefinite strike,” he added.
Mainul Islam, president of the district bus, minibus workers union, said that the district administration assured them to fulfill all their demands by October 15.
“In view of their assurance and considering the SSC examination and Durga Puja, we have decided to postpone the strike till October 15. We hope the demands will be met by then,” he said.
The two-hour meeting was held with the administration at Sylhet Circuit House under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner of Sylhet Dr Muhammad Mosharraf Hossain, and Sylhet Range DIG Mofiz Uddin Ahmad, District Administrator Md Mojibur Rahman, Sylhet District Police Superintendent Abdullah Al Mamun, Sylhet Metropolitan Awami League Secretary Prof Zakir Hossain and transport workers’ leaders were present.
On Tuesday, the transport workers went on an indefinite strike to press home their five demands, including an end to harassment by traffic cops and suspension of the Sylhet Metropolitan police commissioner.
The unions also demanded that the damaged roads in the district should be repaired at the earliest and that a ban be enforced on the sales and operations of CNG-powered auto-rickshaws and electric rickshaws in Sylhet.