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Jute mills worker leaders’ meeting with BJMC ends unresolved

  • Published at 12:42 am April 7th, 2019
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Jute Mill Workers’ League President Sardar Motahar Uddin addresses the protesters on the final day of the 72-hours strike in Khulna on Thursday, April 4, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Fresh protest programs to be announced on Sunday

Meeting of leaders of jute mill workers with the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) has ended without any solution.

No decisions were made, after two separate meetings with BJMC officials in regard to the workers’ nine-point demand on Sunday.

Leaders of the Jute Mills Workers’ League and CBA, non-CBA Oikya Parishad will go on fresh non-stop  protest programs from their scheduled meeting at the Paltan office on Sunday.  

Platinum Jute Mill workers’ leader and Jute Mills CBA, non-CBA Oikya Parishad Central Joint Convener Khalilur Rahman confirmed the matter.

There were no decisions made regarding our demands by the BJMC, after having a meeting from 11am to 3pm and another from 5pm to 6:30pm with 15 senior worker leaders.

Jute Mills Workers’ League and CBA, non-CBA Oikya Parishad  presidents and general secretaries from Khulna and Jessore and other leaders from Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chittagong took part in the meeting.

Earlier this week, workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jessore observed a 72-hour strike that ended on 6am Friday, to press home their nine-point demand. The strike was observed by workers in several other districts as well.

During the strike, jute mill workers blocked railways and highways in several places across Bangladesh while observing a four-hour shutdown every day.

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

Addressing the protesting workers on Thursday, Jute Mill Workers’ League President Sardar Motahar Uddin warned of indefinite movements, until their demands are met.