statesman news service
Kolkata, 7 February
Trade unions withdrew jute strike on 12 February following a successful discussion, state Labour Minister Purnendu Bose said today at Writers’ Building.
Around 20 leading trade unions of the jute industry called a one-day token strike in mills on 12 February to press for their demands, including hike in wages of workers. A tripartite meeting was held at the new secretariat building over this matter.
Labour commissioner was present at the meeting. Mr Bose said the state government would organise separate meetings with the owners of the jute industries and trade unions.
The last 61-day industry-wide strike took place from 14 December, 2009 to 13 February 2010. Mr Bose said the state government has already taken a decision to frame a separate jute policy.
Four jute mills out of 59 jute mills were closed in West Bengal. A meeting will be again held on 17 February to discuss the problem of the jute industry.
Mr Bose said the state government is concerned over the deplorable condition of workers in the hosiery and biri industry. “A section of the owners are exploiting the workers and the government would soon hold a discussion with the owners of both the industries,” he said.