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After strike, Kerala plantation women unit to contest in upcoming panchayat elections

The "women unity " on Saturday decided to contest in four village panchayats in the high ranges of Idukki district where the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited is situated.

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The “women unity ” on Saturday decided to contest in four village panchayats in the high ranges of Idukki district where the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited is situated. (Source: Express file photo)

The pembillai orumai (women unity), which had scripted new history in Kerala by striking for bonus without trade unions, has decided to field candidates for the coming elections to the local bodies.

The “women unity ” on Saturday decided to contest in four village panchayats in the high ranges of Idukki district where the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited is situated.

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The leaders and activists of the Women Unity are working in this particular company controlled by Tata Global Beverages.

The agitation has given rise to a new leaders from the leaf plucking pool of estate workers.

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They fought for hike in bonus and forced the management to climb down from its adamant stand. The women agitation had later churned the state’s plantation sector where labour unrest is still on.

The agitation of the women unity forced the trade unions to launch stir for a hike in the daily wages from Rs. 232 to Rs. 500. Now, the plantation sector in Kerala including the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited in Munnar, is witnessing stir for hike in wages. The managements have refused to hike wages on the ground that such a step would be disastrous for estate sector.

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