Dockers strike paralyses B’desh`s Chittagong Port

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 13:52

Dhaka: Work at Bangladesh`s busy Chittagong Port came to a standstill today as dock workers observed a strike demanding reinstatement of about 2,200 fellow workers,
terminated during the past military-backed interim government.

Port officials said the dock workers stopped loading and
unloading of goods in 13 general cargo berths since morning.

"They workers are staging protest rallies and processions
in the port area to realise their four-point demand," a police
official said on phone.

The UNB news agency, however, quoting port officials said
loading activities of two ships and unloading of three ships
in the general cargo berth remained suspended but the
operation of container ships is normal.

The port workers last week threatened to call a strike
for an indefinite period from January 12 if their four-point
demand was not met by January 11 deadline.

Their demands include reinstatement of some 2,200 workers
terminated during the last caretaker government, putting an
end to repression on workers under berth operators, placing
their jobs under the port authority and reintroduction of Dock
Management Board.

The board, which used to employ the workers on ad hoc
basis, was abolished during the past interim regime as part of
reform campaign to infuse dynamism in the port activities
entrusting private berth operators with the task of engaging
the dockers.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 13:52
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