The Railway Running Staff Employees Unity Council suspended all operations of trains around the country this morning (13 April), pressing home their demands to increase overtime pay, allowance and retirement benefits.
The government last year cancelled the 75 percent running allowance after retirement. Demanding cancellation of Finanace Ministry's notice that stopped giving running mileage allowances, the staffers stopped the train operation.
No train left Kamalapur railway station in the capital on Wednesday, Afsar Uddin, on-duty master of the station, confirmed.
Officials of Bangladesh railway said the workers started the protest without any prior notice, causing passengers to suffer due to the sudden unavailability of trains.