Thousands of agitating jute mill workers blocked roads and railways in Khulna on Wednesday, the third day of their indefinite strike at state-owned jute mills for better wages and arrears
Khulna jute mill workers continued their nationwide indefinite strike on Wednesday to realize arrear wages and eight other demands. They have announced further rigorous programs if their demands are not met by Saturday.
Thousands of agitating jute mill workers blocked roads and railways in Khulna on Wednesday, the third day of their indefinite strike at state-owned jute mills for better wages and arrears.
Jute mill workers’ leader of Khulna region Md Murad Hossain said that if the wage commission is not implemented according to the agreement, harsh programs will be announced on 18 May at the Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC) workers' office.
The state owned jute mill workers have been protesting for a long time to press their nine-point demands which include the clearance of outstanding wages, a wage commission, gratuities, provident fund payments, and making transfer workers permanent.
On April 15, the Jute Mills Workers League called for a four-hour road and railway blockade program and 96-hour strike to press home their nine-point demand, which includes clearing the payment of outstanding wages for all jute mill workers.
Jute Mills Workers League, CBA and non-CBA leaders had a meeting with State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian.
It was decided at the meeting that ten weeks’ wages and three months’ salary of all jute mill workers would be paid by April 25.
When BJMC failed to pay the workers by April 25, workers across 26 state-owned jute mills became aggravated.
On September 7, 2015, the cabinet approved the eighth national pay scale which came into effect from July that year. The scale has been implemented in almost all government offices and corporations.
But some 60,000 workers of the 22 state-run jute mills are still waiting for the scale to be implemented. However, all officials and employees under the jute ministry, including those of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, are drawing their salaries under the new scale.
On top of this, the agitating workers have not been paid for six to 12 weeks. Officials and employees of the mills have also not been getting their salaries for two to four months.