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Alim Jute Mill workers hold hunger strike

Update : 16 Nov 2015, 07:14 PM

Workers of Alim Jute Mill in Khulna protested by going on a hunger strike yesterday to highlight a number of demands, including preventing privatisation of the facility.

As part of the protest, they gathered at a makeshift stage built beside the Khulna-Jessore highway near the mill and refrained from having any food.

The demands of the protesters included stopping the mill’s privatisation process and resuming production by invalidating fake ownership papers of the facility. They also said many workers had not been paid wages, and called for quick payment of the outstanding wages.

The hunger strike was held from 10am to 4pm. Apart from the workers of the mill, many locals joined the strike and expressed solidarity.

A rally, which was held during the protest, was addressed by key labour leaders, including Hafizur Rahman Bhuiyan, Syed Zakir Hossain, Mozammel Haque and Abdul Salam Jamaddar. They strongly urged the authorities concerned to take notice of their demands and implement those soon.

The protest ended when labour leader Hafizur Rahman Bhuiyan  and Md Sohrab Hossain, who is the convener of State-owned Jute Mills CBA Non-CBA Oikya Parishad, made the protesters drink water to break the fast at 4pm.

Announcing their next programmes, the demonstrators said they would hold a two-hour human chain on the Khulna-Jessore highway from 10am to 12 at noon today. 

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