After 17 days of strike, the state-owned jute mill workers in Khulna and Jashore on Tuesday announced suspension of their protest for a week on assurance of payment of their arrears within one week.
They announced the decision, following a five-hour meeting with concerned government officials on Tuesday, on assurance that their arrears and wages would be paid within seven days.
The workers, who worked at the emergency departments in the jute mills during their strike, would be recorded ‘on-duty’ and that their payment of two-week of wages would be paid by Thursday.
‘We are suspending our strike for seven days as the concerned government officials have assured us of meeting our demands,’ said Khulna-Jashore Region Jute Mills Workers League convener Murad Hossain, after the meeting.
Khulna deputy commissioner Helal Hossain, Labour department director Mizanur Rahman, other government officials, worker leaders and local politicians were present in the meeting.
Helal Hossain said the notice of the payment of all the arrears and wages within seven days would be displayed at all jute mills on Tuesday.
He also said the workers who worked at the emergency departments during the strike would be registered as ‘on-duty’, and their two weeks’ payment would be made by Thursday. Following the decision, the workers resumed their work from evening shift on Tuesday.
Government jute mills workers at Dhaka, Khulna, Chattogram and Rajshahi were on streets for realising their 9-point demand that included implementation of the National Wage and Productivity Commission Award 2015.
The workers in Khulna and Jashore region began their strike on May 5 and they blocked road and railway several times to press home their demands.
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