Jute mills workers’ 96-hour nationwide strike underway

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15th April, 2019 09:59:23 printer

Jute mills workers’ 96-hour nationwide strike underway

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Workers of state-run jute mills across the country are observing a 96-hour strike to press home their nine-point demand including payment of outstanding wages and implementation of a wage commission. 

Workers of 22 jute mills including nine of Khulna division began their strike at 6:00am on Monday.

Workers of Latif Bawani Jute Mills and Karim Jute Mills blockaded road in capital’s Demra Staff Quarter’s area, reports our staff correspondent.

According to UNB report, workers of nine state-owned jute mills under Khulna division are also enforcing a road blockade programme from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The workers took position at Natun Rasta, Shiromoni and Khan Jahan Ali Road in the morning, halting vehicular movement on Dhaka-Khulna highway, said KaziMostaq Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Daulatpur Police Station.

Besides, no train will leave Khulna railway station from 6am-12am, said station master Manik Chandra.

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

 In Chattogram, jute mill workers also blocked roads and rail track at several points as part of their programme.

The workers took position in front of Amin Jute mills under Bayazid thana in the morning and blocked road, halting vehicular movement.

The shuttle train service of Chattogram University was also suspended as the workers blocked rail track.

Jute mills workers also staged demonstrations in Sitakundu.

A huge number of police has been deployed in front of different jute mills to avoid any untoward situation.

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.