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Jute mill workers continue hunger strike, over 100 hospitalized

  • Published at 03:30 pm December 12th, 2019
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Jute mill workers continue their protest for the third consecutive day in Khulna on Thursday, December 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

15 workers were given saline as their health condition worsened

More than 100 workers have been hospitalized as state-owned jute mill workers in Khulna, Jessore, and Narsingdi continued their hunger strike for the third consecutive day

The ailing workers were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital on Thursday morning.

The Crescent Jute Mills' former General Secretary Sohrab Hossain said: "Eight of my workers were admitted to the hospital while 15 were given saline following their worsened condition."

Jessore Jute Industries (JJI) President Harunur Rashid said he along with CBA's general secretary fell sick as well.

Workers of 24 state-owned jute mills, out of the 26 which are under the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), began the strike on Tuesday afternoon. The workers, along with their dependants, are currently still carrying on with the strike under the banner of CBA-Non CBA Sangram Parishad.

All activities in the jute mills have come to a standstill due to the protests. Besides, traffic movement has been severely hindered as workers have positioned themselves near the main gate of the UMC jute mill.

Workers' union leaders during the strike said that non-payment of wages had led them to destitution, therefore they were protesting to press home their 11-point demand.

Their demands include implementation of the National Wage Commission, payment of all weekly wages, adequate budgetary allocation for the jute sector and ensuring sale of jute products, payment of the outstanding provident fund and gratuity to retired workers and settlement of 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 expanding the jute mills for better productivity.