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Khulna jute mill workers stage demo in front of factories

  • Published at 12:25 am December 9th, 2019
Khulna Jute mill workers
Photo shows jute mill workers protesting in front of a jute mill in Khulna on Sunday, December 8, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The workers from jute mills -- Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alum, Eastern, Carpeting and three others – started the sit-in in front of their respective mills from 9:00am till 11:00am

Workers of nine state-owned jute mills in the Khulna-Jessore industrial belt held demonstrations on Sunday as part of their pre-scheduled agitation program, demanding implementation of the wage commission.

The workers from jute mills -- Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alum, Eastern, Carpeting and three others – started the sit-in in front of their respective mills from 9:00am till 11:00am.

Murad Hasan, joint convener of state-owned jute mills CBA and non-CBA Sangram Parishad, confirmed this to Dhaka Tribune.

He added: "The demonstrations were followed by pledging to make their agitation program a success.”

The jute mill workers will also go on hunger strike tomorrow (December 10) as part of their agitation program.

On November 23, they started demonstrating to press home their 11-point demand including payment of due salary and implementation of wage commission.

The other demands include cancellation of public-private ownership, payment of provident fund gratuity for retired workers.

There are a total of 30,600 workers in the nine state-run jute mills in Khulna and Jessore.

On November 23, the workers announced the seven-day agitation program under the banner of “State-owned Jute Mill Collective Bargaining Association (CBA) and Non-CBA Sangram Parishad”.

The program was announced at a meeting and demonstration rally at the jute mills in Khulna-Jessore region on November 23.

The announced programs include procession on November 25, hunger strike at different mill gates from 8am to 5pm on November 27, protest rally on December 2, and strike on December 5.