ACMS calls strike in tea gardens

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A Correspondent
Dibrugarh, June 26: Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) has called for a one-hour long strike in all the tea gardens of Assam on July 4 as a mark of protest against the long-lasting inconclusiveness hovering over the daily minimum wage of the tea garden labourers. In a press release, president of ACMS, Pawan Singh Ghatowar, and its general secretary, Dileshwar Tanti, said that the organization, after a bilateral meeting with the Assam Tea Planters’ Association, had determined the daily minimum wage. In spite of that, in 2016 the ruling government had formed its own committee under the leadership of the Labour Minister to determine the wage under question, the release stated. But, even after several rounds of meeting, the committee was yet to arrive at any conclusion. It has also been mentioned in the press statement that the earlier agreement regarding such wage had expired on December 31, 2017, and ideally, the workers should have received the revised minimum wage from January 1, 2018. But, unfortunately, this has not happened yet, the release stated.