Jute mill workers stage demo for overdue payments, reopening of 25 mills
Jute mill workers staged a demonstration in Khalishpur of Khulna demanding reopening of state-owned 25 closed jute mills and payment of all arrears of five mills including Khalishpur-Daulatpur Jute Mill as per the payscale of 2015.
A joint factory committee of Khalishpur-Daulatpur Jute Mill brought out a procession with sticks and hundreds of jute mill workers and leaders and activists of different organisations participated in it, our Khulna correspondent reports.
The procession started from Daulatpur Jute Mill in Khalishpur industrial area and ended at People's Round Square. At the end of the procession, the demonstrators gathered and held a rally.
At the rally, Left Democratic Alliance Convener Mizanur Rahman said that the main reason for the loss of 25 closed jute mills is due to corruption by the corrupt officials and consultants of BJMC (Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation), minister and secretary of the ministries of jute and finance.
The authorities have been blaming the workers for the loss and have not paid the payment of the workers even after 17 months of the jute mills' closure, he added.
Gonosanghati Andolon Khulna District Unit's Convener Munir Chowdhury Sohel also addressed the rally.