Prior to Puja, it was a huge shock for the 4,000 employees of the Sankrail Delta Jute Mill as the management suspended work. The workers of the morning shift reached the factory only to see the authorities planning to slap a suspension notice. However due to pressure and agitation from workers, the suspension notice was not pasted but production was halted.
“The authorities of the mill have unlawfully shut down the mill. Around one month back a meeting was held in the presence of labour minister and the authorities of the mill apart from the representatives of other trade unions.
“The union leaders, backed up by the CPI(M), did not sign the agreement as it was not conducive for the workers. We demand the mill be immediately opened,” Biplab Mazumder, the general secretary of the district CPI(M) said.