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Jute mill workers end blockade for the day

  • Published at 01:41 pm May 11th, 2019
Jute mill workers-Mahmud Hossain Opu
Jute mill workers wield wooden and bamboo sticks in protest, blocking a road in Demra, Dhaka on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The blockade created traffic gridlock in the area, causing immense inconvenience

Dhaka jute mill workers ended their road blockades in Demra, at 4pm yesterday.

Earlier in the day, the workers of Latif Bawani Jute Mills, and Karim Jute Mills, blocked the Demra Staff Quarter roads, and Chaurasta, demanding payment of their outstanding wages.

The demonstrations started on April 6.

Dhaka Tribune was confirmed by Demra police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Rokibul Hasan: “They [workers] left the roads at 4pm. They told us they will resume protesting again on Sunday [today].”

The blockade began at around 8am yesterday, which created traffic gridlock in the area, and caused inconvenience for residents.

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Workers said they were protesting to have their nine-point demands met, which includes payment of due wages, and arrears.

At a meeting in Dhaka on Wednesday, leaders of all Collective Bargaining Agents (CBA) and non-CBA units of the 22 state-run jute mills, and three other jute product manufacturing factories in Bangladesh, decided they would simultaneously abstain from work, starting next Tuesday.

Following the meeting, which took place at the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) offices in Karwan Bazar, Arifur Rahman, publicity secretary of Patkal Sramik League—an ostensibly pro-government platform of jute mill workers—announced the strike.