Six jute mills close in a week in West Bengal

Suspension of work has been declared in yet another jute mill in West Bengal citing labour unrest, which took their number to six following the lynching of a mill CEO in Hooghly district on June 15.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 22, 2014, 01:16 AM IST

Kolkata: Suspension of work has been declared in yet another jute mill in West Bengal citing labour unrest, which took their number to six following the lynching of a mill CEO in Hooghly district on June 15.

Suspension of work was declared at the Victoria jute mill at Telenipara in Hooghly district last night following `labour unrest`, district police sources said.

The suspension of work was declared after the finishing department of the mill stopped work when 10 workers were suspended for taking a worker who fell ill to hospital, the sources said.

Labour Minister Purnendu Bose said the management of the mill was asked to attend a tripartite meeting on Tuesday on reopening of the mill.

This was the sixth jute mill to declare suspension of work following the killing of HK Maheswari, CEO of Northbrook Jute Mill at Bhadreswar in Hooghly district, Sanjay Kajaria, a veteran in the state`s jute industry and former chairman of the Indian Jute Mills Association told.

The other such jute mills where suspension of work was declared were Hanuman jute mill in Howrah district on June 17, Auckland and New Central jute mills in North 24 Parganas district on June 17, Weaverly Jutemills also in North 24 Parganas district on June 18.

According to an IJMA estimate, around 30,000 workers in the industry were jobless at present out of a total workforce of 2.5 lakh.