Workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jashore went on an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday noon to press home their 11-point demand, including implementation of the wage commission and payment of regular wages.
Abstaining from regular activities, around 50 thousand workers of Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alim, Eastern, Daulatpur and Khalishpur jute mills in Khulna and JJI and Carpeting jute mills in Jashore took position in front of main entrances of the jute mills and started the strike programme at 3pm.
The agitating workers said they are leading inhumane life as they are not paid wages. The situation forced them to go on strike.
Md Murad Hossain, former president of the Crescent Jute Mill, said the workers went on strike voluntarily.
“The strike will continue until the authorities meet the 11-point demand,” he added.
The 11-point demand also includes cancellation of public-private ownership of the jute mills, allotting necessary fund for jute sector and others.