Silchar, Sept. 3: The weeklong showdown between the management and workers of Dilkhoosh tea estate in Cachar district ended last evening after a three-hour tripartite meeting between senior officials of the state labour department, the chief executive of the garden and representatives of a trade union.
After the meeting, union workers, who stormed the assistant labour commissionerís office here yesterday afternoon, agreed to lift the ceasework imposed since August 27.
The assistant secretary of Barak Valley Cha Sramik Union, D.N. Baroi, said 600 permanent and temporary workers of the garden joined work this morning. He said the strike ended after the gardenís director Anil Goenka agreed to pay benefits like provident fund and gratuity to retired labourers and fix the daily wage at Rs 72. Goenka told this correspondent that the garden, once rated as one of the best in Barak Valley, was passing through difficult times and, hence, was not in a position to meet many of the demands of the workers.