Rock extraction from Madhyapara hard rock mine has remained suspended since November 25 due to an indefinite strike enforced by the workers and miners to realise their five-point demand.
The demands include 20 percent dearness allowance, abolition of the system of employment of workers and miners through outsourcing companies, reinstatement of the jobs of eight retrenched miners, stopping of such retrenchment, and regularisation of the job of diploma engineers.
The authorities of Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd [MGMCL] held several meetings with the leaders of Miners and Workers Union in the last one month, but the meetings yielded no positive results.
Mine sources said the company incurred a loss of Tk.3.90crore in the last 30 days due to suspension of rock extraction.
Around 304 workers and miners have been staging demonstration inside the mine since November 25 to mount pressure on the MGMCL authorities to meet the demands, but the authorities are yet to take any positive step to end the deadlock, said Md Khairul Islam, president of Workers and Miners Union. "We will not join work without realising our demands," he added.
Two workers, employed through an outsourcing company, were removed in October due to the mine's security reason, following a report of National Security Intelligence. The incident triggered grievance among the workers and miners. The miners and workers are demanding reinstatement of the two workers.
Md Moinuddin, managing director of MGMCL, said, "The company signed a contract on September 2 this year with a Belarus based company for the mine's maintenance and production. That company will look after the matter."
The demand for abolition of employment through outsourcing is impractical, he said.