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29 Aug 2022

News Click

Bangladesh: Tea workers forced to resume work after weeks of agitation, with a mere .5$ increase in wages

"Bangladesh tea Workers get Hike of Only Tk 50 After 3 Weeks of Agitation", 29 August 2022

Dissatisfied Bangladeshi tea workers are returning to work following the Sheikh Hasina government’s decision to increase their wages by a mere Tk 50. Despite three consecutive weeks of agitation, their wages have been increased only from Tk 120 to Tk 170.

The decision to hike the wages was taken at a meeting between Hasina and the Bangladesh Tea Association—a body of teagarden owners...Besides, subsidised ration, medical benefits, pension, expenditure on education of tea workers’ children would be increased apart from providing free housing.

The meagre increase in wages has drawn mixed reactions from workers with most of them angry and dissatisfied despite the announcement of teagarden owners and the union to accept the decision.