Reinstatement of sacked KJM workers demandedOur correspondent . Khulna
Workers of Khalishpur Jute Mills in Khulna on Monday demanded reinstatement of all its sacked workers and make the employment of all irregular labourers permanent.
The demand was made by leaders of Khalishpur Jute Mills Saramik–Karmachary Swartha Sangrakhkhan Committee at a press conference at Khulna Press Club on Monday morning.
They said the mills, which used to be called Peoples Jute Mills, was declared closed after sacking all its labourers on July 11, 2007 and it was reopened with the new name of Khalishpur Jute Mills on March 3, 2011.
But most of the sacked labourers were not appointed when it was reopened as Khalishpur Jute Mills.
General Secretary of the committee, Sardar Ali Ahmed, read out a written statement spelling out the demand and complained that Khalishpur Jute Mills workers had been deprived of their rightful wages and all government facilities.
The labour leaders urged the government to ensure national wages and benefits like yearly two festival bonus and medical and housing facilities that were provided in other state-owned jute mills.
The KJM workers would hold opinion sharing meetings with all trade unions and professional organisations in Khulna zone from June 19 to June 24 and submit a memorandum to the prime minister through Khulna district commissioner on June 26 asking to fulfil their demands.
They also announced to hold a rally and a protest march from the mills gate to BADC Road at Khalishpur industrial area on June 29 to drum up support for their demands.
President of the committee Mohammad Salim Shikdar, acting president Mohammad Badrul Alam, assistant secretary Abdur Razzaq Khan and Mohammad Pilton, among others, were present at the press conference.
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