SKOP urges govt to stop privatisation of sugar mills

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:39, Dec 27,2020


Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad, a combine of 12 labour rights bodies, stages a protest rally to press home its nine-point demand in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Leaders of Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad on Saturday called on the government to stop denationalisation of state-owned sugar mills and to reopen the jute mills closed by the government.

SKOP, a combine of 12 labour rights bodies, made the call at a protest rally, organised to press home its nine-point demand, at a protest rally near the central office of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Jasad, in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Trade Union Centre president Shahidullah Chowdhury, who chaired the rally, said that the Awami League government had already closed 25 state-owned jute mills and was going to close the state-owned sugar mills.

The government has already halted productions at six sugar mills across the country, Shahidullah said.

SKOP would wage tougher movements if the government did not refrain from denationalisation of the country’s sugar mills and did not take steps to reopen the closed jute mills, Shahidullah said.

Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal president Anwar Hossain, Trade Union Sangha general secretary Chowdhury Ashikul Alam and Jatiya Sramik Jote Bangladesh president Saifuzzaman Badsha, among others, spoke at the rally.

The rally was followed by a protest procession that paraded different city roads.

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