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Thursday , January 16 , 2014
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Garden labourers shun work

Alipurduar, Jan. 15: Workers of Torsha Tea Estate have said they will not join work for an indefinite period from today demanding payment of dues and protesting the alleged misbehaviour of the director.

The garden in Jaigaon with 550 workers is 54km from Alipurduar town.

Unit secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-affiliated Darjeeling Terai Dooars Tea Plantation Worker’s Union, Pushpak Sharma, said: “In 2010, the garden was shut for six days for the same reason. The management had said they would clear the dues. But nothing happened.” He said ration for 350 fortnights were due and retired workers were not getting gratuity. There was no firewood and drinking water and no doctors, nurses and medicines at the garden hospital. The quarters had not been repaired. “From today, we won’t work for an indefinite period,” Sharma said.

Last night, some non-workers shouted anti-management slogans in front of director’s bungalow and the labour line.

Bashisth Pachesia, a director, refused to talk on the issue.