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Jute mill workers see WB, pvt owners’ conspiracy

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    https://www.newagebd.net/article/109737/workers-see-wb-pvt-owners-conspiracy

    Workers see WB, pvt owners’ conspiracy
    LDA holds sit-in, announces march towards PMO for July 2
    Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:02, Jun 29,2020




    State-owned jute mill workers in Khulna-Jashore region on Sunday alleged that the government’s move to privatise their mills was an outcome of the World Bank prescription and a conspiracy hatched by private jute mill owners and a section of bureaucrats.

    They made the allegations while staging demonstrations at their respective mills protesting against the government’s move to privatise state-owned jute mills and holding a press conference under the banner of Bangladesh Rastriya Patkol Rokhkha CBA-non-CBA Sangram Parishad at Khulna Jute Workers’ Institute in Khulna city.

    In Dhaka, the Left Democratic Alliance staged a sit-in programme in front the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation headquarters at Matijheel and called on the Awami League government to refrain from implementing the decision and, if otherwise, the alliance would hold a march towards the Prime Minster’s Office on July 2 and stage road blockades in every district across the country for one hour on the day.

    LDA coordinator Bazlur Rashid Firoz, also central leader of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, announced the programme and demanded that the decision be scrapped as it would leave a huge number of workers and employees jobless.

    He also urged the government to stop corruptions in the health sector and ensure free treatment to every COVID-19 patient.

    Communist Party of Bangladesh presidium member Abdullah Kafee Ratan said that the government could avoid privatising the jute mills by stopping corruption and mismanagement and shunning wrong policies.

    Ganosamhati Andolan leader Bacchu Bhuiyan, Revolutionary Workers Party leader Akbar Khan, Communist League leader Nazrul Islam, Democratic Revolutionary Party leader Amena Begum and SPB (Marxist) leader Manas Nandi also spoke.

    Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon and general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha in a statement opposed the government decision.

    Left Unity Front coordinator Nasir Uddin Nasu, in a separate statement, called on the government to refrain from privatising the state-owned jute mills.

    Addressing the Khulna press conference, Khulna-Jashore regional committee of Sangram Parishad convener Sardar Abdul Hamid termed the government decision a wrong one and said that about 70,000 permanent and irregular workers of the mills would become jobless due to the closure of the mills while three crore of people — jute traders, growers and their family members — would face utter hardship due to the decision.

    He alleged that the jute mills were marked as losing concern due to their low production runs while they were paying their laboures and staff from government funds.

    Instead they should have ensured high production runs and paying the laboures and staff from the money made from product sales, he argued.

    He alleged that all these were done as a part of ‘a conspiracy to close the mills’.

    The labour leader said that the machineries and equipment of the state-owned jute mills were old and dysfunctional and the government never paid heed to their proposals to activate the mills by modernising them which would have boosted their production.

    He said that newer crises were created to close the mills instead.

    Hamid urged the government to scrap the decision and warned of tough agitation to save the jute sector.

    The Sangram Prishad’s regional committee joint conveners Sahana Sharmin and Murad Hossain, member secretary Farazi Nazrul Islam and present and ex-leaders of Workers’ Unions of all the nine state-owned jute mills in the region were present at the event.
     
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    By definition jute mill workers are govt servants. So, however the management tries to reach a production target, it cannot be achieved because the govt workers are not willing to work hard and maintain schedules. They would like to remain happy with lower income as a result but would not want private companies to take over.

    After all, govt workers carry prestige and private workers are just labors without prestige. No wonder, BD is again becoming a basket case with valueless paper money.
     
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