West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya’s efforts to break the deadlock over the continuing jute strike failed to yield any result. The indefinite strike began on December 14, 2009 affecting 2.5 lakh workmen all over the State.

Emerging from the meeting, which was held at the secretariat on Friday, representatives of the 20 trade unions who took part in the bipartite meeting said that Mr. Bhattacharyya said that he would take up the issues with the mill-owners.

“Our strike will continue and we will not give up,” Subrata Mukherjee INTUC leader said. All the Central trade unions are participating in the strike although the Trinamool Congress-affiliated Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress has stayed away from it.