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Khulna, Jessore jute mill workers continue demo by blocking roads, railways

  • Published at 10:07 pm May 7th, 2019
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Jute mill workers protest and block road in Jatrabari, Dhaka on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Since Sunday, jute mill workers had shut down production at several mills including four state-owned mills

Jute mill workers in Khulna and Jessore continued to hold demonstrations by blocking roads and railways on Tuesday demanding their outstanding wages.

Jute workers of Platinum, Crescent, Khalishpur, and Doulatpur Jute Mills held separate demonstrations on the Khulna-Jessore Highway and the railway tracks in front of JJI Jute Mill gate.

During the strikes, roads and railway communication between Khulna and the rest of the country remained suspended and from 4pm to 7pm.

A workers’ assembly was held in Nutun Rasta, Atra, and the Nowarpara industrial area, to press home their nine-point demand.

Since Sunday, jute mill workers had shut down production at several mills including four state-owned mills.

Meanwhile, the workers who were demonstrating in Jatrabari and Demra for their outstanding wages removed their blockade.

The workers of Latif Bawani Jute Mills and Karim Jute Mills in Demra removed their blockade around 1pm on Tuesday.

Earlier, they removed their blockade from Jatrabari at 11am the same day.

"The workers of the two jute mills—Latif Bawani Jute Mills and Karim Jute Mills—had blocked the Jatrabari road on Tuesday morning. We talked to them. Higher officials have assured the workers that their demands will be met. Thus they have removed their blockade," Demra police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Shadat said.

Previously, workers of these two jute mills had blocked a road in Dhaka's Jatrabari area demanding the payment of their outstanding wages.

Around 200 workers of the Latif Bawani Jute Mills blocked the road around 9am on Tuesday.

Jatrabari police station OC Kazi Wazed Ali said: "Workers are demanding the payment of their outstanding wages. They say their protest is valid.

"We have talked to them. They will leave soon, and are not going to harass people.”

On Monday morning, around 1,000 workers of the Latif Bawani Jute Mills and Karim Jute Mills blocked the road near the Demra Staff Quarter area, making the same demands.