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Jute mill workers demand Jute Minister's resignation

  • Published at 09:53 pm October 30th, 2019
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CBA General Secretary Akhtaruzzaman speaks during a protest at Bangladesh Jute Mills Limited in Palash upazila, Narsingdi on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The workers gathered in front of the administrative building of the mill to protest under the leadership of the Bangladesh Patkal Sramik League

Jute mill workers of the Bangladesh Jute Mills Limited in Palash upazila, Narsingdi, demonstrated to press home their nine point demand, which included the resignation of Textiles and Jute Minister, Golam Dastagir Gazi. 

Their demands also included the implementation of the National Wage and Productivity Commission Award 2015, paying the weekly hires nine weeks of outstanding wages,  and outstanding salaries of the last 3 months for permanent workers.

The workers gathered in front of the administrative building of the mill to protest under the leadership of the Bangladesh Patkal Sramik League.

The Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) President, Yusuf Ali, presided over the protest. and Vice-President of the central committee of Bangladesh Patkal Sramik League,  CBA General Secretary Akhtaruzzaman, member of the central committee of Bangladesh Patkal Sramik League and CBA Leader, Harun Ur Rashid, CBA Vice-President Delwar Hossain, Shaheb Ali, Abul Khayer, and a few others spoke at the demonstration.

The speakers tried to put forward the workers' case saying that worker salaries were not at par and adjusted for inflation and they are living in a deplorable condition with their families. They said children's education and healthcare for family members were hampered and workers were dying due to lack of treatment. 

Presently the jute mill owes the part time workers nine weeks' wages and permanent workers, three months' salaries. 

The leaders have urged the authorities to accept their nine point demand and for the jute Minister to resign. Otherwise they will take grave measures. 

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