Darjeeling's tea-garden workers to get 20% bonus

-The Hindu

The decision was taken during a tripartite meeting at Kolkata’s New Secretariat Building where representatives of the workers’ union and planters’ association met Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak.

Kolkata: The West Bengal government and the Tea Planters’ Association of Darjeeling hills on Friday agreed to the demand of tea garden workers across 87 gardens in the Darjeeling hills for a 20% bonus. The decision was taken during a tripartite meeting at Kolkata’s New Secretariat Building where representatives of the workers’ union and planters’ association met Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak.

It was decided during the meeting that 60% of the bonus will be paid in the next 10 days and remaining 40% in the month of November. Earlier, on October 4, the tea garden workers had observed a 12- hour strike demanding 20% bonus.

After the agreement, representatives of the union agreed to restore normalcy in productivity with immediate effect. “It is a victory of the tea-garden workers. We should realise that tea is the backbone of the economy of Darjeeling and the interest of workers, who earn a meagre Rs.176 a day, cannot be ignored,” Saman Pathak, general secretary of Centre for Indian Trade Unions of Darjeeling district, said. Mr. Pathak is also a member of the Joint Forum of different trade unions working in the tea gardens.

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The Hindu, 12 October, 2019, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/darjeelings-tea-garden-workers-to-get-20-bonus/article29659799.ece?homepage=true

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