Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a video conference with the tea workers on Saturday (September 3) afternoon. It is known that tea workers from four districts of the country will participate in the video call.
The workers of 24 tea gardens in the district will participate in the video call from the playground of Chandichhara tea garden in Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj. On the other hand, the workers of 92 tea gardens will participate in the video call from Moulvibazar.
Apart from this, the workers will also join the video call from Sylhet and Chittagong. In view of this event, all formalities related to construction of pandal, list of participants and security have already been completed.
The workers of the tea plantations started their agitation demanding 300 taka wages from last August 9. They then went on a full-day strike and protest from August 13. Although there were several meetings, it was not resolved. Recently they blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway.
In the afternoon of August 20, a meeting was held between high-level government officials, labor department officials, plantation owners’ representatives and tea workers’ leaders at Srimangal in Moulvibazar district. In the meeting, their daily wages were fixed at Tk 145. After that, although they announced the withdrawal of the movement, but after the evening, the leaders of the tea workers announced to continue the movement again.
Then on August 27, a meeting of Bangladesh Tea Association (BTA), an organization of tea garden owners, was held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. After the meeting, the Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister told the reporters that the minimum wage of the workers has been fixed at Tk 170.