Wildcat strike causes chaos in Chittagong

Wildcat strike causes chaos in Chittagong

The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has sought the shipping minister’s intervention to help bring a strike by lighter vessel workers to a close.

The operations of sixteen jetties at Karnaphuli River remain suspended as a group of lighter vessel workers went on a wildcat strike from Saturday morning.

The CCCI sent the shipping minister Shahjahan Khan a letter yesterday in which it claimed the militant action was causing supply chain chaos across the country.

“A group of workers under the banner of Bangladesh Lighterage Workers’ Union went for the wildcat strike without any prior notice from Saturday morning with a demand of implementing the newly announced wage structures,” the letter noted.

Up to 60 laden lighter vessels are lying idle along the Karnaphuli River.

The CCCI claimed the strike was hampering transport of goods out of Chittagong and the unloading operations from mother vessels anchored at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port have also been hit by delays.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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