A highly placed source
told bdnews24.com Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not agree to the
The source said it was decided that work may be done on the
weekend if need be to get over losses caused by shutdowns. The fact that the
people are habituated to having two days of weekly holiday also played a part in
the latest proposal being shot down.
In addition, there was this
contemplation that general strike could well be enforced on Saturday even if the
weekly holiday were reduced.
There have been growing concerns by the
businesses over the reduced number of working days due to continuous general
strikes in recent months.
Quoting several sources, bdnews24.com earlier
ran a report that a summary reached the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday noon
after internal government discussions for a Friday-only weekend.
to bdnews24.com, one of the sources had said the move aimed at recovering losses
inflicted due to continuous strikes in recent times.
strikes, the government has already ordered bank branches to operate on
Saturdays to recover losses incurred as a result of the shutdowns.
independence, Bangladesh only had one weekly holiday on Sunday. Initially during
Ershad’s regime Friday and Saturday were weekend holidays only to be reverted to
During the Awami League government’s 1996-01 tenure, the
government reinstated the Friday-Saturday weekends.
Businesses have been
complaining against a Friday-Saturday weekend because Sunday is a holiday in
other countries and that creates problems for trading.