Producers okay Rs 201 daily wage

- PARBAT PORTEL, KAKKARBHITTA

May 23, 2014-

Tea producers have agreed to pay their workers a daily wage of Rs 201 as fixed by the government a year ago.

On Thursday, a meeting held in Kathmandu between tea producers, government representatives, trade unions and political party leaders agreed to provide the government standard wage to tea workers.

The workers, who have been agitating for the past month, have withdrawn their protest movement.

“Justice has been given to tea workers after a year-long struggle,” said Deepak Tamang, a representative of the Nepal Tea Estate Workers Association.  

The factories decided to implement the government decision at the meeting held under the coordination of Labour Ministry Secretary Suresh Man Shrestha, said Chattra Giri, coordinator of the tea producers dialogue committee.

“The government has also pledged to develop the tea industry through a package in the upcoming budget.”

On August 26, 2013, the government published the minimum daily wages for workers in the Nepal Gazette. However, industry had been refusing to implement the rule.

Meanwhile, Ramesh Poudel, president of the Tea Producers Association, Jhapa, said they agreed to pay the rates fixed by the government after it promised to issue relief packages for the tea industry.

The tea industry has been complaining about their high cost of production due to extended load-shedding hours and high fuel prices.

Among other demands, they have asked the government to slash the import duty on coal to 1 percent from the existing 5 percent.

 

Published: 24-05-2014 09:20

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