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28 Aug 2022

The Business Standard

Bangladesh: Protesting tea workers to return to work after Prime Minister vows to increase daily wage by Tk50, some workers express dissatisfaction with hike

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"Tea pickers return to work with new daily wage of Tk170", 28 August 2022

After protesting for over two weeks, workers of most tea gardens finally returned to work on Sunday – a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina raised their daily wage to Tk170 from Tk120...

The tea workers of Moulvibazar joined work from today (28 August). 

Meanwhile, there are a total of 23 tea gardens In Sylhet. Of them, nine remain open on Sunday. 

Workers of these tea gardens have already resumed work while the others will join on Monday...

However, a section of workers has expressed dissatisfaction with the hike...

Ratan Munda, a worker of Finlay Tea Garden in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, said, "It feels good to return to work after a long break. But it would have been better if our daily wage was raised a little more. 

"It is quite difficult to live on a Tk170/day pay in today's time."

The workers at the country's 167 tea gardens launched protests on 9 August, demanding a rise in their daily wage to Tk300 given soaring commodity prices. 

They abstained from work for two hours daily for four days before the full-scale strike began on 13 August.

Some of them went back to work after the authorities assured them of the premier's intervention to end the impasse and the owners offered a Tk25 hike in their daily wage to Tk145.