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Trade unions to intensify minimum wage campaign for tea workers

'These wages likely to worsen conditions of poverty and malnutrition among tea plantation workers.'

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
March 1, 2015 12:17:51 am

Threatening to spearhead a larger movement in North Bengal, 50 organisations, including Mahendra Lama of Darjeeling Doars United Development Forum, Akhil Gogoi of Krishak Mukti Sangram Committee and the Uttar Banga Bon-Jon Shramajibi Manch, on Saturday issued a joint statement against the recent wage revision for tea garden workers of about Rs 40 over three years.

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“We are shocked by the tripartite wage agreement signed on February 20 in the presence of West Bengal government. The agreement has provided a raise of Rs 37.50 over three years to tea plantation workers in Terai and Doars and Rs 42.50 to workers in Darjeeling. Workers will, therefore, be paid a miserly amount of Rs 112 .50 in the first year, Rs 122.50 in the second year and finally Rs 132.50 in the third year,” the statement read.

“These wages likely to worsen conditions of poverty and malnutrition among tea plantation workers…,” it added.

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