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Week long strike of Biratnagar Jute mills workers ends today
12
Jan '09
Today, the week long strike of Biratnagar Jute mills workers ended on a successful note as the negotiations between Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and Prime Minister Puhspa Kamal Dahal and union leaders went in their favour.

Workers pulled down the shutters of jute mills in Biratnagar demanding a minimum wage of Rs190 per day, as well as reopening of state-owned Biratnagar Jute Mill.

While speaking to Fibre2fashion.com, Mr Megh Nath Neupane (Director General) of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) said, “After several negotiations minimum wage rate has been fixed at Rs175 per day and the jute industry will be getting a rebate of 75 percent in electricity by Government.”

“Due to this strike, workers had stopped working causing huge losses to Government and jute sector. Even other industries have joined hands to support the jute industrie's demand for wage hike. Workers have even blocked the Nepal-India border point at Jogbani which was adversely affecting bi-lateral trade between two countries,” informs Mr Neupane.

Dr Baburam Bhattarai Finance Minister, Lekh Raj Bhatta Minister for Labour and Transport Management and Asta Laxmi Shakya Minister for Industry and Saligram Jammakattel the Maoist union leader participated in the meeting with Nepalese Prime Minister.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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