Jute mill workers, management agree to see eye to eye

Kathmandu, January 12:

Workers and industrialists inked an agreement today, albeit a ‘temporary measure’.

“For time being, they will get Rs 190 as daily wage for three months,” said an industrialist who attended the talks. “However, industrialists have urged the government to provide diesel directly and waive tax on spare parts for the jute industry,” he said adding that the government had agreed to their demand. Within three months, a committee will finalise the deal.

Workers of Biratnagar Jute Mill had closed the Nepal-India border point for 12 days. Imports and exports had halted, hitting revenue collection.

They also shut down jute mills in Sunsari-Morang Industrial Corridor since the past 10 days to press their four-point charter of demands that includes regular operation of industries, payment of minimum wage fixed and reduced load-shedding hours.