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Press conference on rejection of draft recommendation of tea workers’ wage rate

Srimangal (Moulvibazar) Representative:

The Balishira Valley Parishad of the Bangladesh Tea Workers’ Union has held a press conference at Srimangal in Moulvibazar demanding cancellation of the draft minimum wage recommendation 2021 for workers employed in the tea garden industry by the Minimum Wage Board and publication of a worker-friendly gazette.

The press conference was held at noon on Saturday at the central office of Bangladesh Tea Workers Union on Moulvibazar Road in the city under the chairmanship of Vijay Hazra, president of Balishira Valley Parishad. Vijay Hajra read out a written statement at the press conference.
He said that on Sunday, June 13, the Minimum Wage Board had issued a draft recommendation for the minimum wage rate for all classes of workers employed in the tea garden industry sector. Last 22 10-2019 AD: The lowest grant board was formed. After a long hiatus of almost two years, the Minimum Wage Board has recommended a draft minimum wage rate for all classes of workers employed in the tea-industry sector.
He said the tea workers have always been voting for Sheikh Hasina Sarkar, the boat marker Sarkar, as a fan and successor of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from birth. However, the draft of the minimum wage rate that has been published during the tenure of the boat marker government is very sad and painful. We think this is a deep conspiracy to tarnish the image of Sheikh Hasina’s government. And there are conspiratorial attempts to create such one-sided gazettes to achieve the personal interests of the owners. Workers’ wages and other benefits are not up to standard in terms of registration, so we are rejecting the draft gazette. And I seek the intervention of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps to publish a tea industry and tea worker friendly gazette. Four demands were raised at the press conference.

The demands are-

1. Immediately increase the daily wage of tea workers to 300 (three hundred) rupees, (2) repeal section 7 (seven) of the draft gazette and take decision on the basis of agreement after two years apart from wages of Bangladesh Tea Parliament and Bangladesh Tea Workers Union. (3) Cancellation of Serial No. 3 (Apprentice) of Schedule ‘B’, (4) Payment of Baishakhi Allowance for Tea Workers.
At the same time, the tea workers’ leaders said that if their demands were not met, then every tea garden in Bangladesh would go into a larger movement with a strike.

Pankaj Kanda, co-president of Bangladesh Tea Workers Union, Paresh Kalindi, finance secretary, Devendra Baraik, general secretary of Balishira Valley, panchayat secretary of various tea gardens of Balishira Valley were present at the press conference.

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