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Govt to hold talks with striking vessel workers: Khan

DHAKA, Aug 23, 2016 (BSS) - Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan today said the government would hold talks with river vessel workers who went on a strike for indefinite period to press home their four-point demand.

Speaking at a media briefing at his office, Khan urged the workers to call off their strike calling it "unlawful" as they enforced the stoppage suddenly without serving any previous notice.

He said a large number of vessel workers defied the strike call as 28 launches from different parts of the country reached Dhaka this morning.

Vessels are also running normally in different routes in Chittagong, Narsingdi, Bhairab, Mawa, Aricha, Bhola and Rangamati and they were partly operating in Patuakhali and Narayanganj.

The minister said the issues related to their demands were under the purview of the labour ministry which, however, would look into the matter.

"I talked to the state minister for labour regarding this issue . . . we (government) will hold talks with the vessel workers tomorrow," Khan said.

The vessel workers are waging a campaign demanding their minimum wage to be fixed at Taka10,000, compensation for any injury caused by accidents, stricter security vigil against robbery in water routes and proper navigability in rivers.

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