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Tea planters urge unions to call off stir

Tea planters urge unions to call off stir

AUGUST 9 2018


Expressing concern over the ongoing three-day strike by tea garden workers in North Bengal, planters on Thursday appealed to unions to call off their protest programmes and allow normalcy to be restored. According to the Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations, the tea industry in North Bengal’s Dooars and Terai regions has already suffered substantial production losses during the peak season this year due to frequent gate meetings in the first and second week of July.


“Unless normalcy is restored immediately, the production and productivity would decline further,” CCPA said in a press statement.


A tripartite meeting was held on Monday (August 6) at Uttarkanya in Siliguri where the State’s Labour Department officials outlined the progress on the issue of minimum wage. However, the Joint Forum of Trade Unions, an umbrella organisation of trade unions working in tea sector, called for a three-day strike after the meeting to negotiate their demands on minimum wage remained inconclusive. It is to be noted that as many as 11 meetings of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee have already been held and the next meeting is scheduled for August 20.



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