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Singtom tea garden close down

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 10:00 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 10:00 [IST]

Singtom tea garden close down

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DARJEELING: Work has stopped from Monday onwards here at Singtom tea garden with the management claiming labour problems in their submission to the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Labour department.
In their letter, the Singtom tea garden management said they will resume operations only when a written assurance is given for the management to run the tea garden peacefully and in an uninterrupted manner. If the workers continue to work from February 21 onwards then they will do so at their own risk and responsibility, said the management.
“The management had sent the letter to the Assistant Labour Commissioner on February 21 but it was made public in the tea garden only on February 23. Till then, work was going properly in the tea garden. The management is blaming the unions for this but we have to speak for the welfare of the workers,” said Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union (DTDPLU) Singtom unit president Lalit Gurung.
The Singtom tea garden is about 12 km from Darjeeling town and has about 850 workers.
Gurung said the union was demanding that the second instalment of bonus, pending since December last year, should be released. We are also demanding the workers are given their due wages of two fortnights, he said.
However, the tea management has claimed before the Labour department that workers are indulging in wrong practises. The management also maintained that it had made efforts to pay the pending salaries and wages. The management accused the workers of verbally and physically coercing an assistant manager.

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