Indian tea workers strike when government fails to raise wages

More than 400,000 workers in Indian tea gardens, which supply the world’s largest tea companies, have gone on strike over the government’s failure to promise a daily wage of ڈالر 1.70 to 70 3.70.

About 250 tea plantations have been observed in the Assam region in the past week, and another 20 have been partially closed.

Assam produces half of India’s annual production 1,235 meters Tea leaves kilograms.

Over the years, he has owned extensive gardens in Assam Accused of exploiting low pay and labor. Campaigners have reported That workers have little access to clean water, work in unsafe and dangerous conditions, and their basic human rights have been violated.

In 2018, the Indian government agreed to increase the daily wage from Rs 167 to Rs 350, but it has failed to implement the decision. There are fears that after consulting with tea estate owners, the government will renege on its promise and try to reduce the significant increase.

One worker, who has been working as a tea puller with her husband for 16 years, said it was becoming more and more difficult to meet the family’s basic household expenses.

“The only way we can manage is not to buy any clothes. When the kids ask for something to eat, we say no. We don’t have to say anything all the time about everything they say. Needed but I don’t know if it will.

Rupesh Gowala, general secretary of the workers’ union Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha, said the protest had to continue and may have to be intensified. “If we don’t get the wages we were promised soon, we’re going to run a more aggressive campaign.”

The issue of wages is poised to become more complicated as state elections are due in Assam next April. A government employee, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s all about making politics and then it’s even less likely.”

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