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Khulna witnesses closure of one more jute mill
Jun '10
More than 2,000 labourers and other employees of a private jute mill, Mohsin Jute Mills located at Shiromoni industrial belt in Khulna district, are jobless since 45 days.

Increased cost of manufacturing, severe raw material shortage and steep decline in demand of its goods in the global markets, were few reasons mentioned by the mill's General Manager, Anwarul Mumin in the layoff notice, for shutting the mill till August 2.

Since the mill has turned in to a loss making venture, the labourers and other employees of the mill have been laid off as per labour law norms, informed Mumin.

In the meantime, hundreds of labourers gathered around the mill protesting against the shut down and layoff.

CBA President of the mill, Sultan Molla, has accused the mill management for deliberately creating financial crisis in the mill. As per Molla, the management has, till now, taken Tk 27 million as loan from Sonali Bank, just about two months back for buying raw jute.

Molla further alleges that, the mill was shut down in a pre-planned manner and raw jute was never purchased.

More stringent agitations demanding reopening of the mill, including, road and rail blocks, indefinite strike in all jute mills across the Khulna-Jessore industrial belt, fast-unto-death and self-immolation are ways in which Molla said agitations will continue.

Khan Golam Rasul, President, Khulna division based Bangladesh Sramik Kalyan Federation, said that, government displayed their double standards in resolving the problems of Khulna-Jessore industrial belt.

Currently, People's Jute Mill, Khulna Textile Mill, state-owned Khulna Newsprint Mill, Daulatpur Jute Mill, private-owned Afil Jute Mill and Dada Match Factory have pulled down their shutters, throwing atleast 2 lakh labourers and other employees out of work.

As for the labourers, they are merely receiving verbal promises from the government, with respect to reopening of the closed mills.

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