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Jute mill workers set fresh protest schedule

  • Published at 08:41 pm April 7th, 2019
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Jute mills workers block off a highway in Khulna during their four-hour shutdown on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

They plan to observe 92-hour and 72-hour strikes in phases to press home their nine-point demand

State-owned jute mill workers have finalized their series of protests as their nine-point demand was not met by the authorities concerned.

The new agenda includes 96 hour and 72 hour strikes, and four-hour and six-hour blockades, said Platinum Jute Mill workers’ leader and Jute Mills CBA, and non-CBA Oikya Parishad Central Joint Convener, Khalilur Rahman.

The decision was finalized at a joint meeting of leaders of the Jute Mills Workers League, CBA and non-CBA Oikya Parishad, in Dhaka on Sunday.

A detailed schedule of the protest programme will be announced next Friday at a labour rally in Khalishpur, he said.

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Jute Mills Workers League Central Assistant Secretary, Md Murad Hossain, said: “In the meeting, a decision was taken to observe blockade and strike programmes in two phases.”

Earlier this week, workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jessore observed a 72-hour strike, which ended at 6am, Friday. The strike was observed by workers in several other districts as well.

Jute mill workers on strike blocked railways and highways in several places across Bangladesh, observing a four-hour shutdown every day. 

Their demands include setting up a wage commission, immediate payment of due gratuities, and a provident fund.