11-point Demand

Jute workers go on hunger strike

Staff Correspondent

11 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Thousands of workers and employees of jute mills in Rajshahi, Khulna and Jashore on Tuesday embarked on a hunger strike for an indefinite period to press their 11-point demand.

The staffers began the programme in front of their respective mills from the afternoon, as they could not arrive at a consensus with the authorities concerned about their demands in the morning. 

Their demands include implementation of recommendation of the wage commission and payment of retired workers’ gratuity.

The demonstrating workers said their programme would continue until their demands are met. 

In Rajshahi, Rajshahi Jute Mills workers and employees began the hunger strike around 2:00 pm.

Zillur Rahman, president of CBA Sangram Parishad of the Mills, said that they arranged to begin their strike on Tuesday morning, but the meeting of the CBA leaders and chairman of the factory led to a delay.

“As we didn’t get any assurance from the chairman, we have been left with no alternative but to begin the programme,” he said.

The leader said that the factory has approximately 2,200 workers and employees. The workers have gone unpaid for the last three months while the employees were not given their 11 weeks’ salary.

In Khulna and Jashore, about 5 million workers of nine state-owned jute mills began their strike in front of their respective mills.

Led by CBA and Non-CBA Sangram Parishads, the strike began at 3:00 pm.

The jute mills are Crescent, Platinum, Khalispur, Daulatpur, Star, Eastern, Alim, Carpeting and JJI.