Jute mill strike will not have any impact
Kolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak reiterated on Thursday that the one-day strike call of jute mills by Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU) will prove futile with labourers joining work the next day. “The Left Front government had not increased the wages of jute mill workers from 2002 to 2010, which was Rs 100 a day during that time. In 2010, it was hiked to Rs 157 a day. We had raised it to Rs 258 per day in 2015 and on Wednesday we signed a historic contract hiking the daily wages of the employees to Rs 370 per day. This will immensely benefit the labourers of the jute mills,” Ghatak said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGhatak added that those who will work for 24 days a month will be getting an additional amount of Rs 15 per day. “A section of jute mill workers have often raised allegations against feeble attendance in jute mills. So the government has decided to pay those workers who are regular in their duties,” said Dola Sen, president of Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress. Terming the strike call by CITU as an attempt to create an atmosphere of disturbance in the state, Ghatak asserted that all 84 jute mills will remain open on Thursday and foil the strike called by CITU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSixteen of the 22 unions existing in jute mills in the state assured the minister that the employees will join work. Ghatak asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken significant steps to ensure that the workers’ interest and the work culture in the jute mills are upheld without resorting to any strikes. “The Left Front has not even paid dearness allowance (DA) for the workers for many years but we have been paying the DA to the workers along with Providend Fund and have almost fully cleared it. Ninety percent of the gratuities have also been cleared. So the strike call by the CITU union is nothing but ego satisfaction,” reiterated Sen. The state government has also constituted a three-member committee headed by a retired judge of High Court which will look into other issues of the jute mills and come out with a solution.