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Jute mill workers return to workplaces

  • Published at 10:14 pm April 16th, 2019
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Workers withdraw strike on assurances of arrears being cleared and implementation of the wage commission

Workers at jute mills in Khulna joined work from 6am on Tuesday, 24 hours after the 96-hour strike began.

The industrial sector of Khulna again became active after the workers of nine state-owned jute mills of Khulna and Jessore, resumed work.

They started working after a strike with an 11-point demand, including the clearing of arrears.

Jute Mill Sramik League Assistant Secretary, Md. Murad Hossain, said they withdrew their strike on assurances of arrears being cleared and implementation of the wage commission.

BJMC Khulna Zone Liaison Officer, Shankar Bhuiyan, said: “Attendance was low despite  the workers having joined work. As a result, the first day’s production was not in full scale.”

He hoped production would accelerate from Wednesday.

Jute Mills CBA, and non-CBA Oikya Parishad Central Joint Secretary, Khalilur Rahman, said from April 2 to April 4, jute mill workers held a 72 hour strike and 4 hours of blockading roads and railways, for which the industrial zone of Khulna  almost came to a standstill.

On April 3,  worker leaders were called to a meeting, by Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) authorities. The meeting was held at BJMC head office in Dhaka on April 6, with leaders of the Jute Mill Sramik League and BJMC Chairman, Shah Muhammad Nasim. However, the workers walked out when their demands were not met.

On April 7, the Jute Mill Sramik League, and CBA and non-CBA Oikya Parishad, decided to observe 96-hour and 72-hour strikes, and four-hour and six-hour blockades in various phases.