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Jute mill workers begin 2nd phase movement

Nayadiganta English Desk

15 April 2019,Monday, 11:29

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Only a recess of 11 days, the second phase 96-hour strike of state-owned jute mill workers has disrupted the train communication between capital city Dhaka and southwestern Khulna region.

The jute mill workers have been demonstrating for the last couple of weeks in demand of increasing wage and restoring other facilities as per existing rules.

They are demanding for paying gratuities and due insurance and provident fund for retired workers.

The workers are demanding to meet their nine-point demand including payment of outstanding wages and implementation of the wage commission.

As part of the fresh strike, workers of state-owned jute mills in Khulna region put barricades on rail lines and highways, resulting in disruption of train and road communication between capital city Dhaka and country’s southwestern region.

The workers took position at Natun Rasta, Shiromoni and Khan Jahan Ali Road in the morning, halting vehicular movement on Dhaka-Khulna highway, according to local police sources.

Production at nine jute mills in the region has been suspended following the strike.

Earlier, the jute mill workers observed a 72-hour strike by blocking roads and rail routes to press home their nine-point demand from April 2-4.

Later, they announced the fresh programme of 96-hour strike.

The workers will hold discussion meeting in front of the gate of the jute mills on April 25 and will announce next programme, said the convener.

The workers resumed protests from March 31 as their demands were not fulfilled by the government within their stipulated time.



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