Trade unions representing 200,000 jute mill workers in West Bengal threatened to launch an indefinite strike beginning Friday, March 1. The workers are demanding higher wages and other compensation benefits. Associated protests and demonstrations are possible in West Bengal, particularly Kolkata, during the strike along with localized transportation and business disruptions in the vicinity of any events. Mediation efforts are scheduled to begin Monday, February 18, though previous temporary agreements have failed to fully resolve the disagreements.
Individuals in West Bengal are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate demonstrations and related disruptions, including localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.
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