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Jute mill workers yet to receive due wages

  • Published at 01:19 pm January 23rd, 2020
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While the world has been using jute for a variety of purposes, the industry in Bangladesh is severely neglected Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

A week has already passed since the pay slip was issued

Workers of nine state-owned jute mills have expressed their frustrations over not receiving their due wages, although the new National Wage Commission already issued pay slips for them on January 16.

At the same time, officials concerned were unable to provide any answer as to when the workers would get their due wages.

“We became lively after the pay slip was given a week ago, but the money still hasn’t been given. I am very worried about the expenses of my children,” said Abdus Salam Mia, a jute mill worker

Murad Hossain, a workers’ representative, said: “We will not get the money until the prime minister intervenes.”

According Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) and other sources, the workers will get eight weeks of due wages, which is more than Tk30.6 crore. Also the officials and staff will also receive three months due salary, which is around Tk8.7 crore.

BJMC Khulna Region Convenor Md Baniz Uddin Mia said according to the new pay scale, the wages of mill workers have increased by 80% to 85%.

After protesting for nearly four and a half years, the government agreed to establish their new wage broad, which was one of the workers’ 11-point demands.