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Jute mill workers to stage strike from Dec 14
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Nov '09
Demanding payment of statutory requirements, primarily dearness allowance, provident fund, gratuity and bonus; around 20 trade unions operating in jute mills would go on an indefinite strike from December 14. This decision has been taken unanimously by 20 trade unions in a meeting, said Mr.
Gobinda Guha, General Secretary, Bengal Chatkal Mazdoor Union.

The jute industry workers also demanded the Union Government to allow the Jute Corporation of India (JCI) to procure jute directly from the growers and provide it to the industry, informed Mr. Guha. While, the Chairman of Indian Jute Mills' Association (IJMA), Mr. Sanjay Kajaria commented that this indefinite strike will result in swelling of jute prices.

In the state of West Bengal, around 4 million farmers are engaged in raw jute production. Finished hessian goods have a witnessed a price hike of 9 percent from Rs. 55,000 per ton to Rs. 60,000 per ton over the last fortnight, added Mr. Kajaria.

Over the past few years, the jute industry has been facing labour unrest and frequent strikes, due to the issues of non-payment of standing provident fund (PF) and gratuity dues.
Jute mill owners are experiencing challenges due to reducing demand of jute in packaging industry, which has forced the mills to down their shutters. At present, 52 out of 59 jute mills in Kolkata are functioning, which too are witnessing a fall in production. .

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