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Narsingdi jute mill workers go for hunger strike

  • Published at 06:29 pm December 10th, 2019
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UMC Jute Mills workers protests in front of factory's main entrance gate in Narsingdi on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The hunger strike was announced earlier if the government did not meet their 11-point demands

Workers of UMC Jute Mills staged an indefinite hunger strike in front of the factory's main entrance gate in Narsingdi on Tuesday.

The hunger strike was announced earlier if the government did not meet their 11-point demands.

Workers of 24 state-owned jute mills, out of 26, under the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), along with their dependants, under the banner of CBA-Non-CBA Sangram Parishad, began the strike.

Workers' union leaders during the strike said that non-payment of wages had led them to lead destitute lives.

Abdul Hamid Sardar, convener of CBA and non-CBA Sangram Parishad, said the workers staged countless protests and organized strikes demanding payment of all their wages and other dues, but to no avail so far.

Their demands include implementation of the National Wage Commission, payment of all weekly wages, adequate budgetary allocation for the jute sector and buying adequate jute on season, payment of the outstanding provident fund and gratuity to retired workers and settlement insurance benefits to the families of the deceased workers, recruitment of workers, regularization of temporary workers, reinstatement of sacked workers, and balancing, modernizing, rehabilitating and expansion of jute mills for better productivity.

The workers announced their protest program on November 23. As per their program, they took out a procession and went on strike on December 2 and 3 respectively. The jute mill workers also held a protest rally on December 8, and Tuesday's hunger strike, along with staging sit-ins in front of the main gates of the mills, was part of the program.