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Govt to pay Tk 10b in arrears to jute mill workers

jute-mill-workers_25752Amid a non-stop strike by workers of seven state-owned jute mills in Khulna, the government made an allocation of Tk 10 billion (1,000 crore) on Monday for clearing some arrears of the workers, reports UNB.

State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam made the announcement while talking to reporters at the ministry.

“The arrears of workers will be cleared before Pahela Baishakh,” said the minister.

The CBA and non-CBA Oikya Parishad of the seven jute mills — Crescent Jute Mills, Platinum Jute Mills, Khalispur Jute Mills, Star Jute Mills, Eastern Jute Mills, Jessore Jute Mills and Carpeting Jute Mills — started the strike on April 04.

The demands of the workers include adequate allocation for the jute industry, payment of their arrears, formation of a wage board and stopping the move to privatise the state-owned jute mills.

On March 16, they had given the government an April 3 deadline to meet their demands.

Earlier report from Khulna adds: The indefinite strike enforced by the employees of seven state-owned jute mills in the district to press home their five-point demand entered the eighth day on Monday.

The workers of the mills took position at different places of the city around 6am and blocked Khulna-Jessore highway and Khulna-Jessore rail route.

The blockade halted vehicular movement on the highway and train service on the rail route, causing immense sufferings to passengers.

Besides enforcing the strike at the jute mills from 6.0am-2.0pm over the last eight days till April 04, the workers also kept on blocking road and rail routes till April 07.

However, they withdrew their road and rail blockade programme on April 7 giving an ultimatum to the deputy commissioner to take effective steps to meet their demands by Sunday.

On Monday morning, they resumed the road and rail route blockade and declared to continue their strike at the workstations from 6.0am-6.0pm every day.

Source: Financial Express

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