The tea workers demanded Tk 30,000 in arrears for 20 months in line with the hiked wages that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked tea garden owners to pay in August last year
Historically, the tea industry in Bangladesh has been standing on the backbreaking labour of tea garden workers
“I didn't think I could come this far,” said a beaming Horibol Bonarjee, a student of Moulvibazar Government High School, who passed this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday (September 3, 2022) greeted the tea workers from the core of her heart for the bangles they gifted her during their visit to Gono Bhaban.
Tea workers may not have had their demands fulfilled, but their united voice brings in a new era of workers' rights.
Tea estate owners in Bangladesh yesterday said they suffered losses of up to Tk 20 crore per day during the recent 18-day protest by estate workers as significant amounts of tea were wasted for the work abstention.
After a 15-day work abstention, tea workers resumed work for a daily wage of Tk 170 yesterday morning.
Tea workers have expressed mixed reactions to the daily wage set at Tk 170, following a meeting between tea garden owners and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Gono Bhaban.
The daily wage of tea workers has been fixed at Tk 170. Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus briefed the media after a meeting of tea garden owners with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.