'The workers of this mill are living in great difficulty with these paltry wages. On top of that, they have not been receiving their wages for the last 3 months. It is evident that going on strike is the only way forward'
The Workers’ and Employees’ Union of Natore Sugar Mill has called for a month long strike over 19 demands including the declaration of the 8th National Pay Scale.
The union are scheduled to begin the strike at 9am Sunday, with the movement coming to an end on 26 April.
During the strike, the participants will be organizing a protest at the sugar mill gate, human chains, labour meetings, discussions between labour representatives, regional labour meetings, and part-time and full-time work suspensions.
Sector Corporation Sramik Kormochari Federation Samonnay Parishad, which comprises of about 80 basic trade unions, is the only organization that represents the hundreds of thousands of workers and employees of the state-owned corporations and the factories under them, said Natore Sugar Mill Workers and Employees Union President Habibullah and General Secretary Saiful Islam.
Despite the 8th national salary scale having been instated 3 years ago, the 8th National Pay Scale has still not been declared. As a result, the Federation has called for this strike with the realization of 19 demands as the agenda, including the instatement of a minimum wage of Tk8,250 as determined by the National Pay Scale set on 1 July 2015.
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Sramik Kormochari Federation announced the movement at a press conference at its headquarters in Dhaka, causing the union at Natore Sugar Mill to call for a strike.
General Secretary Saiful Islam said: “There are almost a thousand workers at Natore Sugar Mill. Once the National Pay Scale is in effect, their lives will be improved as the minimum wage will become Tk8,850 as opposed to the current Tk4,200,”
“The workers of this mill are living in great difficulty with these paltry wages. On top of that, they have not been receiving their wages for the last 3 months. It is evident that going on strike is the only way forward,” he added.
Saiful also requested the government to help realize their rights.