Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 14:00 [IST]
Last Update: Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 08:13 [IST]
DARJEELING: Trade union leader and TrinamoolRajyaSabha MPDolaSen today expressed hope that the minimum wages would be fixed and implemented in tea gardens within a year.
After holding a meeting with the leaders of the TMC (Hills) and trade unions at Circuit House here, Sen said during the CPM rule minimum wages was a thing unheard of along with Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) in any sector but after Mamta Banerjee came to power she issued a notification for minimum wages for 63 sectors within four months. “Those getting wages from Rs. 70 to Rs. 115 are now getting Rs. 350. Now minimum wages for the tea and jute industry remains,” she said adding that a minimum wage committee had been formed for the tea industry.
“Discussions for implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens are going on within the committee for four years now. Experts in the committee following WHO guidelines are calculating as to how much intake a labor should take so their wages can be fixed. I am hopeful and confident that within a year minimum wages will be started in tea gardens and wages of the tea garden workers will increase,” she said.
Speaking on ParchaPatta, Sen said a policy decision had already been taken for it by the West Bengal government but a delay was being seen due to a consent required from the Centre which had yet not been given. “We will start a movement through our trade union and take up this demand with the Centre. The Bengal CM has said that parchapatta will be given and it will happen,” she said.
The TMC trade union leader also said that apart from the cash component issue in tea gardens there was also the issue of the kind component to be given from the management like fuel, medical,creche, housing, canteen of which workers were only getting 10 to 15 percent.
Maintaining that there were issues like FAWLAI in closed gardens, PF andgratuity, she said the matters would be taken up with concerned authorities. She demanded that closed tea gardens should also be opened.