The tea workers thanked the Prime Minister for increasing the wages
Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina spoke to tea workers through video conference. Overjoyed by the increase in wages, the tea workers expressed their gratitude to the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina listened to the tea workers of 4 districts of the country including Moulvibazar on Saturday (September 3) afternoon.
The tea workers from Patrakhala tea garden field of Kamalganj upazila of Moulvibazar connected with the Prime Minister through video conference.
At this time, the female tea worker of Mirtinga tea garden, Rita Pinka, invited the Prime Minister for tea and said, Honorable Prime Minister, your father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought freedom to the country in 1971. He has de-nationalized our tea workers, there is no one to listen to our woes except you. You are our mother, we are grateful to you for increasing our wages. The father of the nation gave us the right to vote. You raised our wages. The tea workers offer puja for the father of the nation and for you. Tea workers always pray for you. Meanwhile, the tea worker said, mother has done everything for us, now our other demand is that she will make arrangements so that we can eat rice to our fill.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the tea workers that tea workers were brought to this country by the British. They were tortured a lot. Later Father of the Nation Bangabdhu Sheikh Mujib became the Chairman of the Tea Board. Giving citizenship to tea workers. But he could not finish his unfinished work.
The Prime Minister said, we have given houses to the floating people, including the hijras, stranded in the country. Tea workers will get that right. We will ensure the rights of tea workers. We need to think about those who work hard. My father Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman fought for the rights of all workers including tea workers. It is not possible for people to suffer in Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh. Father of the nation Bangabandhu enfranchised the tea workers. As his daughter I am working for every worker. Every worker will get their civil rights. He said, I will make arrangements so that the tea workers lead a better life. Arrangements will be made so that tea workers families and children get nutritious food.
Under the management of Moulvibazar Deputy Commissioner Mir Nahid Ahsan, Member of Parliament of Moulvibazar-4 Constituency. Md. Abdus Shahid, Member of Parliament of Moulvibazar-3 Constituency Neshar Ahmad along with Awami League leaders and tea workers leaders and officials of district administration and upazila administration were present. Tea workers from different tea gardens of Moulvibazar district were also present.
It is to be noted that after a long 19-day strike, on August 27, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with the plantation owners and increased the daily wages of tea workers by Tk 50. This breaks the stalemate of the tea industry. Tea workers returned to work from August 28 with a wage of 170 taka. However, since the beginning of the strike, the tea workers have been expressing interest in talking to the Prime Minister. Addressing the Prime Minister as ‘mother’, the agitating tea workers also said that they will return to work only if she directs them directly.