Darjeeling, Sept. 20: The meeting between the Darjeeling Tea Association and the garden unions for settlement of annual bonus of the workers ended inconclusively today.
Sandeep Mukherjee, the principal adviser of the association, said: “The management offered bonus at the rate of 19 per cent for Group A, B and C gardens and 16 per cent for Group D gardens. The unions refused the offer and the next meeting will be held on September 23.”
The unions want all gardens workers to get bonus at the rate of 20 per cent of their annual earnings, as was done last year.
Annual bonus is calculated on the workers annual earning.
The meeting, which was held at the DTA office, was attended by the unions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Trinamul Congress, Congress, Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists and the Gorkha National Liberation Front.
Trinamul and the GNLF had not attended the bonus meeting last year.
Twenty per cent is the highest prescribed bonus rate according to the Plantation Labour Act, 1951.