Jute mill workers block roads, railways


bdnews24.com :
Jute mill workers have blockaded roads and railways across the country in a 72-hour strike to press for a nine-point demand.
Jute Mill Workers League, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA, and the non-CBA Association called the strike over demands which include the payment of due salaries and implementation of the wage commission's recommendations.
Workers from jute mills under the Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC) in Chattogram blocked the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway and the Chattogram-Rangamati Highway in Sitakunda from 8am on Tuesday. The shuttle train to Chattogram-Dhaka-Sylhet and Chattogram University-bound shuttle train was also blocked by protestors.
Despite the blockade programme being slated for four hours until 12pm, the demonstrations were ended at 9:30am due to the ongoing HSC examinations, said Md Mahbub, the general secretary of of Hafiz Jute Mill CBA.
"The blockades will continue over the next two days."
Meanwhile, workers from nine state-owned jute millsĀ  in Khulna and Jashore began their protest around 6am Tuesday. They blocked the highways and railways between 8am and 12pm.
The agitated workers halted productions at the mills and blocked the Kabir Battala Road on the Khulna-Jashore Highway by torching tyres.