Video conference of tea workers with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has started. The video conference started at 4:30 pm on Saturday (September 3).
In the beginning, the Prime Minister interacted with the workers of Potakhola tea garden. Earlier, Moulvibazar District Commissioner Mir Nahid Ahsan welcomed the Prime Minister.
The tea workers went on strike for 20 consecutive days to demand that the daily wage be increased from Tk 120 to Tk 300. Later, with the intervention of the Prime Minister, they returned to work with a salary of Tk 170.
About 100,000 workers in 241 tea gardens of the country had been protesting since August 9, demanding a daily wage of Tk 300. For the first four days, the workers observed a two-hour strike every day. After that, the workers started observing a full-day strike from August 13.
After the Prime Minister’s meeting with Bangladesh Tea Association (BTA) at Ganabhaban on August 27, the announcement of new wages came. Then the workers returned to work in their respective gardens.
This video conference was organized on Saturday in view of the demand of the tea workers to talk to the Prime Minister about their happiness and sorrows and demands.
Deputy Commissioner Mir Nahid Ahsan, Member of Parliament of Moulvibazar-4 Constituency in Patrakhola tea garden of Moulvibazar. Md. Abdus Shaheed, Member of Parliament of Moulvibazar-Asan and District Awami League President Neshar Ahmad, all the officials and public representatives of the administration are present.