Movement of all the buses on the Dhaka-Barisal route resumed Saturday morning following the conclusion of a 72-hour strike called by Bus-Truck Owners Association (BTOA) in protest against extortion by the Barisal District Transport Workers Union (BDTWU), reports BDNEWS.
The BTOA had called the strike on February 9 (Thursday). Following the assurance from the leaders of BDTWU, bus movement resumed at 11 am from city's Gabtoli terminal.
The BTOA alleged that they had called the strike in protest against extortion by BDTWU and its pressure to appoint unskilled drivers and helpers.
The BTOA was also protesting against the obstructions to the movement of buses of Eagle Paribahan and collection of TK 10,000 from each bus in the name of picnic, they said.
In support of their shutdown programme, no bus left Gabtoli terminal from 8 am to 9 am Friday.
According to sources, during the 72-hour bus strike, leaders from the south-western zone of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation had several meetings with the leaders of BTOA urging them to withdraw the strike.
At the meetings, they were assured that no one would collect toll or create any obstruction to the plying of Eagle Paribahan buses.