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Minister: Half of unpaid wages of jute workers to be cleared

Almost 26,718 workers of eight Khulna-Jessore region’s state-owned jute mills have been on strike since December 28 last year to realize their 11-point demand, including their due wages Half of the unpaid wages of protesting jute mill workers who are now on strike will be cleared by the next week, State Minister for Textile and Jute Mirza Azam has said.“Half of the unpaid wages will be paid now while the rest gradually,” he told UNB recently.Mirza Azam urged the workers to end their protest and return to their factories, warning that their wages of the days they are wasting in protest will be deducted.Almost 26,718 workers of eight Khulna-Jessore region’s state-owned jute mills have been on strike since December 28 last year to realize their 11-point demand, including their due wages.According to official sources, the workers, including 650 in Crescent Jute Mill, 2,000 in Eastern Jute Mill and 1,500 in Alim Jute Mill are owed over Tk40.68 crore in arrears.Their protest and the subsequent strike were reportedly orchestrated by the jute mills’ collective bargaining agents (CBAs) and non-CBA union leaders.Executive convener of the CBA and Non-CBA Council Sohrab Hossain told UNB that although the Pay Commission has been in effect since 2015, the workers’ wage board has still not be realized, resulting in irregular payments.According to Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, the jute mills, now in strike usually produce 225 tonnes of jute goods a day.

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