Truck operators’ union calls off indefinite strike
The Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators’ Associations on Monday called off the strike for an indefinite period that was about to start from Tuesday.
The association has decided to call off the strike following a meeting with top officials of the state government on Monday.
The truck operators had decided to go for a strike protesting against various issues.
They had also placed a four-point-demand before the State government.
The truck owners had protested against paying a hefty fine if caught violating over-loading norms.
The representatives of association said that the senior officials have agreed to look into our demands soon after the elections are over.
The election is going to start from April 4.
Thus it would lead to a massive trouble if the truck owners went for a strike.
Traders in the State have welcomed the decision to call off the strike.
“It would have led to a heavy loss. We have to transport a huge quantity of goods to different parts of the state and to neighbouring states after the business remained close for two days for Holi,” said Pratap Tarafder, a businessman at Bandhaghat in Howrah.
There was also possibility of the price of essential commodities getting skyrocketed if there would have been the truck strike.
Vegetable traders in the city were also in a fix as they had no other means of transport to bring in vegetables from villages if the trucks go for a strike.
So they had also placed a request before the truck owners’ association to call off the strike as they would be incurring a huge loss if it is not called off.
The truck owners’ associations claimed that they would go for the strike if their demands are not met after the election process is formed and the new government starts functioning.