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Dhaka Saturday,  Feb 16, 2019

Barapukuria Miners On Strike For Job Nationalisation

EB Report

Workers at Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCl) in Dinajpur started an indefinite strike yesterday demanding for nationalisation their jobs.

A China-based outsourcing company employed 1,040 miners under ‘no work, no pay’ condition in (BCMCl).

The miners alleged that they had been given Tk300 in a working day since they joined the company which was too small to run the family.

They said they had been struggling for nationalisation their jobs since 2011 but the authority ignored them.

The miners stopped working around 1:30pm as part of their indefinite strike.BCMCL Miners’ Union President Rabiul Islam said. Their movement would continue until their one-point demand was met, he added.

In December 2016, mine workers threatened they would go on a massive movement if their jobs were not made regular.

In 2013, Worker at the country’s lone coalfield at Barapukuria, Dinajpur went on a strike in June for their five-point demand.

Their five-point demand includes safety and security issues. Following an assurance from Mostafizur Rahman, state minister for land, the general secretary of Barapukuria Workers-Employees Union, Shafiqul Islam, later called off the strike.

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