Siliguri/Kurseong, 27 February: The state president of the Indian National Trinamul Trade Union Congress (INTTUC), Dola Sen, today said tea workers in the Darjeeling Hills should be given daily wages on a par with their counterparts in the Terai and the Dooars region through a tripartite industrial agreement.Talking to reporters here, Ms Sen also said tea workers in the Hills must also be given special allowances.”INTTUC, affiliated to Trinamul Congress, does not believe in bipartite agreements. Wages for tea workers in the Hills will be settled through a tripartite industrial agreement. Trade unions in the Hills would have to accept the state government’s decision and join the tripartite meet. The basic wages will be the same for all tea workers from the Hills to the plains,” Ms Sen said.
“A special allowance may be given to workers in the Hills if they face problems in leading their life because of the high cost of living,” she added.
Ms Sen said she visited the tea belt, including the Hills, with a view to interacting with tea workers and their leaders and to know their basic needs and demands. The objective of her interaction is to verify INTTUC’s 10-point charter of demands for tea workers, which was served to the state government, she said.
She interacted with tea workers and their leaders of 56 tea plantations of the 87 in the Hills at Rasik Rangmanch hall at Margaret’s Hope tea estate near Kurseong yesterday. She also interacted with tea workers and leaders in Alipurduar in the Dooars today.
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