Joint Forum of Tea Garden workers call three-day strike demanding hike in min wages
The forum was also demanding a shift of the status of tea garden workers from 'agricultural laborer' to 'industrial laborer', he said.
Tea garden workers in most of the gardens in north Bengal plains did not join work today as a Joint Forum of Tea Garden workers called a three-day strike demanding a hike in their minimum wages, convenor of the forum said.
The Joint Forum has given a call for the strike in 153gardens of Dooars region and 48 gardens in Terai region from today after a tripartite meeting on raising the minimum wage failed to reach a consensus yesterday, forum convenor Ziaur Alam said.
Twenty-three labor unions of the 27 unions under the forum are supporting the strike, he said. Twenty-seven gardens in Darjeeling, which are already hit by the shutdown in the Hills last year, have been kept outside the purview of the bandh, Alam said.
But no produce was dispatched from the gardens today, he said.
But gate meetings were being held in those garden, he said.
The forum was demanding a minimum daily wage of Rs 249 besides payment for electricity, clothing, and education of their children, he said.
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