Nepal | September 22, 2019

Tea entrepreneurs, workers reach 3-point agreement; protest called off

Rastriya Samachar Samiti

BHADRAPUR: Tea workers have called off their protest after Nepal Tea Producers Association made an agreement in writing to provide remuneration to workers in line with the Labour Act and Regulations.

Tea workers had started the protest since April 1 when the tea estate and industry operators refused to pay government-designated minimum wage.

Agitating sides and Nepal Tea Producers Association reached a three-point agreement at Birtamode on Monday evening.

The tea entrepreneurs have agreed to remunerate workers as per the government declared minimum wage, informed Santa Kumar Rai, State-1 Vice-Chair of All Nepal Trade Union Federation, who took part in the dialogue.

With this, the tea estate entrepreneurs have agreed to provide daily minimum basic wage Rs 231, dearness allowance Rs 145 and an additional Rs 42 for security guard serving in the estate/industry.

Second point of the agreement is to implement the provisions of Labour Act-2074 BS and Regulation-2075 BS in case of the workers of the tea estates and industries.

The final point is that the workers would come back to their daily work from today by ending the protest. The workers would come back to work following the signing of the agreement, said Chairperson of Nepal Tea Estate Workers Association Deepak Tamang.

As many as 50,000 tea estate workers have been agitating for over 45 days demanding the minimum wage.

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