Workers of all state-run jute mills began countrywide indefinite strike early Monday to realise their nine-point demand, including implementation of the new pay scale and clearing of all arrears.
This will mean a production loss of about Tk 8 crore a day.Workers will also block roads and railways across the country, also for an indefinite period, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm every day beginning today, said Md Murad Hossain, Convener of Jute Mill Workers League of Khulna-Jashore region.
The decision was taken at a meeting of Jute Mill Sramik League, CBA and Non-CBA at the CBA office of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) in Dhaka Wednesday afternoon.
The demands include paying due salaries and allowances, implementation of the wage commission, sufficient fund allocation for jute sector, reappointing the sacked workers and making the appointments permanent.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Labour Monnujan Sufian told a programme in the city that initiatives will be taken to pay workers’ dues within next week.
Earlier, it was decided in a meeting with the Ministry of Jute and Textiles and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation that the outstanding wages will be paid within April 25. But the promise was not fulfilled. On April 2, workers of state-owned jute mills observed a 72-hour strike in Khulna region to press home their nine-point demand.