‘Jute mill workers dues to be paid in two steps’
Published: 04:20 PM, 3 July 2020
All the dues of the state-owned jute mill workers will be paid in two steps, told Textile and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, saying, “Half of this would be paid in cash and the other half through savings certificates. Besides, the workers will also be rehabilitated.”
The Minister made the remarks at an emergency press conference at his residence in Siddheswari in the capital on Friday, about the shutdown of the production of state-owned jute mills by paying ‘100 percent dues’ to the workers.
As per the Wages Commission-2015, the jute mill workers will be paid their June wages though banks next week. The notice period i.e. 60 days wages for July-August will also be paid, as usual, said Golam Dastagir Gazi
The remaining 50 percent of all dues, including PF, Gratuity, and Golden Handshake facility, will be repaid in September in the form of self-bank and the remaining 50 percent in the form of savings certificates in their name. In all cases, the debt will be calculated based on Wage Commission-2015, he added.
The Textile and Jute Minister also said, “If the mills are reopened under the PPP, old workers will be given priority there.”
He also requested the BJMC to immediately inform the bank account number to pay the dues of the retired workers.
At the time, State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian said the shutdown of jute mills did not mean the end of them. The jute mill will start anew under the PPP project.
“In my view, the workers are not being jobless, there will be some pain if they go to a good place. But I will have a claim; Workers should get the money at once,” she added.