ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Commentary Westbengal Tea Plantation Wage Agreement

Despite the workers being highly unionised, with the CITU as the main union,'and despite the state being under a Left Front government, the interests of the 2.5 lakh tea plantation workers of West Bengal have been sacrificed in the latest three-year wage agreement signed in July this yean Apart from the niggardly increases in wage rates and the continued denial of variable dearness allowance, the employers have gained (and the workers have been made to lose) Rs II crore just by the delay in arriving at the agreement No wonder, the level of living of this section of isolated, predominantly tribal, workers has shown no improvement, though the viability of the tea industry and the profits of the employers have improved significantly over the last decade and more.

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