Barapukuria strike resumes

Dinajpur, Sep 3 ( — Miners at Barapukuria coal mine have resumed their strike after five days of Eid vacation unveiling new protest plans.

Workers of Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Limited (BCMCL) abstained from joining work from 6am on Saturday and demonstrated in front of the mine gate demanding expansion on weekly leave and other perks.

More than 1,000 contractual workers of BCMCL began the strike on Aug 23 demanding regularisation of their jobs and that they are brought under regular payroll. They are contracted by Chinese firm Xuxu Machineries Company (XMC).

The mine authorities had earlier said they agreed with the protesters to meet their demands after meetings with the workers. But they continued to abstain from work and placed some new demands.

The strike was postponed until Sep 3 for Eid-ul-Fitr after five days of work abstention.

On Aug 28, BCMCL managing director engineer Mohammad Quamruzzaman told that they had agreed to meet the demands of the workers.

“But they submitted a memorandum on Aug 27 placing some new demands,” he said.

According to the workers, the mine’s agreement with the Chinese firm ended on Oct 10 last year. Petrobangla renewed the deal on the following day for six more years but their demands were left out in the deal.

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