Jute mill workers demonstrate for arrears in Narsingdi

Our Correspondent

10 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

NARSINGDI: Temporary workers of state-owned UMC Jute Mills demonstrated in front of the mill gate at Nagoriakandi in the district on Monday demanding immediate payment of their outstanding arrears.

The mill authorities are yet to pay 3,000 temporary workers their arrears worth around Tk 21.2 crore though seven months passed by since the mill was shut down, said the workers.

In July 2020, the government announced the closure of all state-owned jute mills, including UMC Jute Mills, citing losses amid Covid-19 situation.

Back then, the government pledged that the dues of about 6,000 thousands permanent and temporary workers would be paid in two months.

But about 3,000 thousands temporary workers have been waiting for their dues for seven months while about 3,000 thousands permanent workers were paid their dues.

Shafiqul Islam Mollah, Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) president of UMC Jute Mills Workers’ Union, said that the temporary workers had been living an inhuman life amid Covid-19 situation since the mill was closed.

The deputy general manager of the jute mill could not reached for comments as his mobile phone was shut down.