• Thursday, Oct 06, 2022
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

Children of jute mill workers join sit-in protest in Khulna

  • Published at 04:48 am June 29th, 2020
Children join a sit-in program in front of a jute mills in Khulna, protesting the newly-issued government directive, on Monday, 29, June 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The workers also threatened to go for a hunger strike program in front of their respective mills if their demands are not met by July 1

Jute mill workers and their children have joined a sit-in program in front of their respective jute mills in Khulna, protesting the newly-issued government directive ordering a production halt at nine state-owned jute mills under the jurisdiction of Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC).

“The protest will continue till 11am today, and from June 30 till July 1, the protest will be held from 9am to 2pm,” Platinum Jute Mills workers’ leader Khalilur Rahman said on Monday.

The workers also threatened to go for a hunger strike program in front of their respective mills if their demands are not met by July 1.

The protests began on Thursday last week, organized by the state-owned jute mills’ CBA and Non-CBA Unity Council, at Khulna Crescent, Platinum, Khalishpur, Star, Daulatpur, Alim, Eastern, Carpeting and JJI Jute Mill.

On Sunday, the council’s convenor Sardar Abdul Hamid told a press conference at Khalishpur Jute Workers Institute that a conspiracy has been going on to shut down 25 jute mills in the country. 

Also Read - 25,000 workers in state-owned jute mills to be sent into early retirement

Saying that the livelihood of some 30 million people depend on these jute mills, he also said the workers will never accept a decision to shut down the mills instead of modernizing them with new technologies and machineries. 

He also expressed hope that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will save the workers from unemployment by not shutting down the mills.

Earlier on Sunday, the government announced its decision to send 25,000 workers of state-owned jute mills into early voluntary retirement in a bid to curb the losses incurred over the past years.

Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi made the announcement during a virtual press briefing.

The workers will be sent into retirement through the golden handshake scheme, the provision in an employment agreement that states that the employer will provide a significant severance package if the employee is laid off.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail