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Monday, 03 March 2008

Our Correspondent

The daily-basis labourers of state-owned Jessore Jute Industries Ltd and the Carpeting Jute Mills Ltd at Nawapara in Jessore continued their strike for the eighth consecutive day on Saturday to push for their five-point demands.

The labourers on Saturday also held rallies in front of the mill gates where Azgar Ali, Shamsher Alam, Babu Mallik and Rabiul Islam spoke.

The speakers said the jute mill authorities did not pay the wages of the labourers although regular workers were paid. Workers’ leader Shamsher Alam said they had suspended protests on the highway in honour of the adviser to the caretaker government, Anwarul Iqbal, who is supposed to visit Jessore on March 5 to find out a solution to present crisis.

The demands include payment of dues, regular weekly wages, overtime benefits, issuance of gate pass for temporary labourers and their official recognition as temporary labourers.

About 1,500 daily-basis labourers of mills went on strike on February 23. They earlier started rallying on January 1 to push for their demands and continued with the protests till January 25.

The Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation has 18 jute mills in its three zones —Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong. Dhaka concerned over

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