07 Aug '18, 4pm

Thousands of Indian tea workers strike for 50 cent pay rise

KOLKATA: Hundreds of thousands of tea plantation workers in eastern India went on a three-day strike Tuesday (Aug 7) demanding a 50 cent increase in their daily wage from the government and estate owners. The strike in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal state, close to the picturesque Darjeeling hill station, stopped work at most tea estates in the region. Advertisement "More than 400,000 workers from around 370 tea gardens are participating in the three-day strike," Aloke Chakraborty, president of the central committee of united union of plantation workers, told AFP. "The minimum daily wage for a worker at the plantation is 169 rupees (US$2.46). We have demanded a 20 per cent raise to 203 rupees (US$2.96)," he added. The striking workers have so far not disrupted work at the Darjeeling plantations, famed for their eponymous tea which is exported across the world. Medi...

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