GJM takes up tea gardenworker issues with officials
Siliguri, 22 Jan: The trade union wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha [Binoy] has taken up issues
handicapping tea garden workers in Darjeeling with the Labour and Provident Fund Commissioners
today. Working president of the GJM’s trade union JB Tamang informed a press conference today that the problems of workers engaged at North Takvuur and Singtam tea estates ever since these were
shut down were raised at the meeting. “We have submitted a memorandum and appealed to them to reopen the tea gardens as soon as possible,” Mr Tamang informed while adding that a follow-up meeting
in this regard is scheduled for 08 Feb at the Dagapur office of the Labour Commission. Before that, the party also plans to meet the owners of the Singtam tea garden as well. He added that workers at the Runglee-Rungliot tea garden were also in distress since the garden opens only for six months a year.
The party is demanding that if the tea garden owners cannot keep the facility open throughout the year, the Labour Commissioner allow for a committee to appointed to run the garden. GJM’s trade union
had also learned that the provident fund of workers of Chota Pooboong and Bansal tea estates
have not been cleared and were informed in today’s meeting that these dues will be cleared
within a few days.