Hills shut down with tea bonus demand

Hills shut down with tea bonus demand
Sat, Oct 5, 2019

Our Correspondent
The 12-hour bandh on Friday called by different tradeunions with the demand of 20 % puja bonus for tea garden workers here was a success. Shops and business establishments remained closed and no vehicular movement took place in the hills.
“We thank the people for supporting the 12-hour bandh. We have decided to continue our relay hunger strike in Darjeeling tomorrow also. At the same time, we appeal to our units in the tea gardens to lift their relay hunger strike tomorrow,” said CPIM trade union leader Saman Pathak.
Pathak informed that the trade unions would continue to stop dispatch of tea from the factories. We will intensify our agitation after Dashain, he said.
The trade unions here are holding different programs to put pressure on the management of the tea gardens for giving 20% puja bonus to the workers.
Five rounds of bipartite meetings between the unions and tea gardens’ management were inconclusive. A tripartitemeeting was also held at Kolkata on September 30 which too did notyield any results. The next meeting is scheduled to be held after the pujas.
Pic: A deserted Chowrasta at Darjeeling during the 12-hour bandh. SE Pic


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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