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(en) bangladesh asf: After the 14-point meeting, the wages of tea workers were increased by Tk [machine translation]

Date Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:21:54 +0300


The daily wage of tea workers has been increased by Tk 18 to Tk 120. The wages were raised in a new bilateral agreement between the Bangladesh Tea Parliament and the Bangladesh Tea Workers' Union, an association of tea garden owners, to increase wages. The agreement was executed on Thursday (October 15, 2020), 21 months and 15 days after the expiration of the previous agreement. ---- According to the Bangladesh Tea Board and the Tea Workers Union, there are 18 tea gardens in the country. The number of registered workers is 97,600. ---- According to Tea Workers Union and Tea Garden sources, the bilateral agreement between Bangladesh Tea Parliament and Bangladesh Tea Workers Union expired in December 2016. Then there should be a new agreement according to the custom. This agreement is executed between the two parties every two years. Accordingly, talks on a new agreement between the two sides started from March 2019. Their demand has been raised by the Tea Workers Union to the Bangladesh Tea Parliament. After that, the two sides have been negotiating in various meetings to increase the daily wage and other facilities.

However, in the case of coronavirus infection, the discussion was delayed. Recently the discussion started again. Meanwhile, due to the delay in the agreement, the tea workers have been holding a two-hour strike and a procession in the garden from October 6 to demand an increase in wages and payment of salary-bonus accordingly before Durga Puja. At one stage, the agreement was executed between the two parties last Thursday. The two sides have met 14 times to discuss the new agreement.

"However, the wages have not increased as per the demand of the workers. Even then the workers are fairly happy with this wage at the time of Corona. The contract will expire next December. Then the demand for a new charter will be given to the owners next January. "

-Vijay Hazra, tea-worker leader.

According to the new agreement, the daily wage of tea workers has been increased to 120 rupees. Earlier it was 102 rupees. According to the agreement, this wage will be effective from January 1, 2019. From January 1, 2019 to October 18, 2020, the arrears will be paid in four installments. The new wages will start from next Monday (October 19). As Durga Puja is the main religious festival of Hindus in the future, before the puja, each worker will be paid three thousand rupees in advance out of the arrears.

Bijoy Hazra, organizing secretary of the Bangladesh Tea Workers Union Central Committee and president of the union's Balishira Valley, one of the signatories to the agreement, told Prothom Alo on Friday that 14 meetings have been held since March 2019. The workers demanded a daily wage of 204 rupees. In the end, the owner agreed to 120 rupees. This is an increase of 16 rupees over the last contract. He said the agreement would be finalized in the next one week by adding other issues related to the meeting between the two sides. All the workers will be given an advance of three thousand rupees before the puja. This money will be given before the puja from next Monday.

Vijay Hazra said, "Although the wages have not increased as per the demand of the workers. Even then the workers are fairly happy with this wage at the time of Corona. The contract will expire next December. Then the demand for a new charter will be given to the owners in January.

BASF members have been playing a significant role in every level of the struggle to increase the wages of the workers. As well as working for social change. Moving forward with timely and effective plans keeping in view the local, national and international situation. The BASF thinks that what is happening now is in the light of their plan for a larger social revolution. The demand of the time is to work in the light of reality and not to be influenced by anyone. Not capitalism - an independent socialist revolution can liberate people all over the world.

https://bangladeshasf.com/14-dphaa-baitthker-pr-caa-shrmikder-mjuri-baarrl-18-ttaakaa/
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