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Barapukuria coal miners halt strike

Agitating coal miners at Dinajpur district’s Barapukuria have suspended the strike after the local administration intervened with a promise to mediate power ministry officials over their demand of job regularization,

Dinajpur’s Deputy Commissioner Meer Khairul Alam met with the workers led by union boss Rabiul Islam, Barapukuria Coal Mine Company’s  SMN Awrangajeb and other officials took part in the meeting. After a 12-hour meeting, an understanding was reached in early hours of Wednesday and the workers announced the suspension of the strike.

In the meeting, the local officials promised to arrange a meeting with Ministry of Energy and Power to hear the workers’ demand.

Workers had been demonstrating since 2011 demanding regularization of jobs. According to the agitators, 1,041 miners had been working at the mine for a daily wage of Tk300 – a meager amount compared to the risks
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