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Jute mills workers observe work abstention protesting fresh pay rule

  • Published at 08:43 pm September 20th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:50 am September 21st, 2016
Jute mills workers observe work abstention protesting fresh pay rule

Workers of the two mills started their movements yesterday morning protesting a decision of BJMC that workers will not get any salary for lazy times caused by power-shortage.

Workers of the mills wishing anonymity told to the Dhaka Tribune that workers would suffer for the decision, though they were not responsible for lazy times caused by power shortage.”

Besides this, workers of nine state-run jute mills of the area had joined their works from Sunday after Eid vacation with grievance, as the mills had not paid their workers festival bonus fully before the Eid.

The workers are observing the agitation programme to realise their three-point charter of demands, including payment of full festival bonus, start of pay commission along with to reinstate labor leader Soharab Hossain in his service.

Ex-general secretary of CBA of Platinum Jute Mill Humayun Kabir Khan said: “Authorities of jute mills have paid full salaries before the Eid except 20 percent festival bonus. In this case, before the Eid workers had declared to go for movement after Eid vacation for the due.”

Now workers of the mill are thinking to go for movements to fulfill their demand. After meeting with CBA's leaders workers will call for movement to meet their demands.”

Labor leader Hafizur Rahman Bhuiyan now is staying in India for treatment. After his return, workers will declare fully planned movement,” he said.

Earlier, on May 11 in this year, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) had sacked Soharab Hossain, Convener of CBA and non-CBA coordination council and CBA secretary of Crescent Jute Mill. After this, workers of all nine state-run jute mills had started demonstration against the decision.

On May 14, workers called off their movement after getting assures from MP Begum Monnujan Sufian of reinstating Soharab Hossain on service.

In the meantime, BJMC has alloted Tk14.55 corers for nine state run jute mills of Khulna and Jessore to buy raw jutes from the farmers. After getting the allotment jute mills have started buying raw jutes.