Hunger strike unto death by labourers of Aambari tea garden

Jalpaiguri
12 Jul 2018

Demanding promotion to the post of sub-staff 24 workers of Aambari tea garden resorted to ‘fast unto death’ to draw the attention of the authority.
The labourers sat for the strike in front of the office of the manager of the garden from today morning.
The agitation of 24 labourers has been supported by their colleagues and the leaders of the trade unions of tea-garden labourers.
According to aggrieved labourers, they faced double deprivation by the garden authority. “We are not getting commensurable pay for our services. Some of us get the wage of a helper while working as the driver. The senior security-guards and head labourers are also being paid the wage of a labourer,” one of them said.
The agitating workers also alleged that a notice was issued by the garden authority a few months ago which announced that they would be elevated to sub-staff cadre. “However, the notice was suddenly withdrawn for the reasons best known to the  authority,” a lanourer said.
They claimed that although they deserved monthly pay, the tea garden authority was paying daily wage to them.
While no reaction was available from the tea garden authority Sumanta Guha Thakurta, chairman of Dooars Branch of Indian Tea Association (DBITA) assured all co-operation for the solution of the problem at the earliest.