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Demand for Hike in Wage

Tea workers start demo again

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tea workers start demo again
Tea garden workers gather to take part in a protest demanding hike in their daily wages in Sreemangal on Sunday. -AFP Photo

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Tea garden workers again started demonstrating by blocking the highway in Habiganj on Sunday, demanding a hike in their wages.

They demonstrated at Jagdishpur Freedom Fighter Square in Madhavpur Upazila on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway.

Upon receiving information, officials concerned from the local administration and police went to the scene and attempted to defuse the situation.

"I can't go beyond the opinions of the workers. The movement will continue," Nirpen Pal, the Central Acting General Secretary of Cha Sramik Union, told the journalists.

 "I announced the suspension of the agitation to comply with the Prime Minister's request. But the workers did not agree. As such, I have announced to continue the movement again," he said.

Earlier on August 9, tea workers went on strike for two hours, demanding a hike in wages to Tk 300 daily. They then went on an indefinite strike from August 13. Although several meetings took place, the problem was not solved.

 Finally, when their wages were fixed at Tk 145 in the meeting on Saturday, they called off the agitation. On August 20, in the afternoon, a meeting was held between high-level government officials, labour department officials, plantation owners' representatives, and tea workers' leaders at Srimangal in Moulvibazar district. In the meeting, their daily wages were fixed at Tk 145. After that, the tea workers' leaders announced the withdrawal of the movement. But after that, they again announced that they would continue the movement.