N. Bengal tea workers seek higher pay, block despatches

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on July 28, 2011 Published on July 28, 2011

The Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA) today expressed concern over the blockade of tea despatchesby a section of workers in North Bengal estates from July 26. The tea gardens in the Terai and Dooars region in North Bengal account for over one-fifth of the country's production.

According to CCPA, the blockade, by the Progressive Tea Workers Union (PTWU) demanding an increase in wages from the existing Rs 67.50 a day, is part of the union's ongoing wage negotiation. PTWU is backed by the Adivasi Vikash Parishad, enjoying popular support in the tea growing region of the state.

According to a CCPA official, various registered unions have demanded increase in wages from Rs 150-350 a day as part of the negotiation to implement a wage pact from April.

The tea industry has indicated that such increase in wages is not possible, leading to stalemate during the last three rounds of talks.

“The CCPA has already sought the intervention of West Bengal in this regard,” a release said.

Published on July 28, 2011
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