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19 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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demand for payment of wages

Jute mill workers resume strike

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Workers of state-run jute mills yesterday resumed their indefinite strike across the country after a day’s break to press their demands, including payment of outstanding wages.   The workers of 26 jute mills under the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) have been demanding salary arrears and allowances, implementation of wage commission, sufficient fund allocation for the jute sector, reinstatement of sacked workers and making appointments permanent.

In Khulna, workers of state-owned mills blocked the Dhaka-Khulna highway, railways and other roads from 4pm to 7pm. Murad Hossai, president of Khulna regional unit of Bangladesh Patkol Sramik League, said after a day’s break: “We’ll continue the strike until our demands are met.”

Earlier, on May 5, workers of 11 jute mills in Jessore, Khulna, and Dhaka started their three hours’ work abstention. Later, on May 7, jute mill leaders held a meeting in Dhaka and decided to begin an indefinite strike from May 13.

On May 13, the workers of the nine jute mills in Chittagong, and the remaining five mills in Dhaka joined the strike.

Meanwhile, leaders of Khulna Nagorik Andolan and the Chhatra Sramik Andolan formed human chains to express solidarity with the workers.

During the human chain, the leaders urged the government to take immediate step regarding the issue.   

In Chattogram, jute mill workers resumed their work abstention and staged demonstrations and blocked roads in the city as part of their countrywide protest. They said the work abstention and the road blockade would continue for an indefinite

period. Around 4am, the workers of Amin Jute Mills in the port city took to the streets and brought out a procession on the Chattogram-Hathazari road. They blocked roads till 7pm to press their demands.

Owing to the blockade on the Chattogram-Hathazari Road, vehicular movement was disrupted and commuters had to face untold suffering.

Earlier, on April 2, the jute mill workers started their movement to press their demands. Later, they decided to suspend their agitation after the authorities concerned promised to pay them within April 25.

But, they resumed their protests on May 5 after the authorities failed to keep their word.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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