Virtually all of India's jute industry has been brought to a standstill by a strike of 200-thousand workers in the West Bengal area.
Virtually all of India's jute industry has been brought to a standstill by a strike of 200-thousand workers in the West Bengal area. The men are striking for higher bonuses and additional benefits.
Jute is one of India's largest earners of foreign currency, and the strike in the industry follows repeated unsuccessful attempts to evert a dispute in the past few days.
The stoppage, described as total, was called by five unions with workers in the jute industry.
Extra security precautions were introduced in Calcutta as a result of the strike. Police were mobilised to avert trouble during a march by striking jute workers. However, the march passed peacefully.
A spokesman for the jute industry said the strike represented a daily loss of 3,500 metric tons of jute worth more than GBP500-thousand Sterling. Existing stocks were sufficient to meet immediate home and export demands, the spokesman said.