At the district-level jute workers' convention, here on Thursday, it was resolved to form a joint action committee of all trade unions in jute mills and fight against managements to accomplish their demand.

State convenor of Jute Federation S. Ramesh said the unity alone among jute workers would help realise their demands and called upon them to participate in the nationwide general strike on February 28. M. Krishna Murty, former CITU general secretary, criticised Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana for ignoring demands of 20,000 jute workers in the district. Though jute industry in the district was a major one, the government was not giving priority to it. At the same time, it was supporting managements, which had been adopting illegal trade practices. In contrast to wages, workload on each worker increased.