The tripartite meeting that was called for discussing the issue of the Raimatang Tea Estate turned out to be unfruitful as the plantation owner was absent from the meeting.
Cooperative Labour Officer, Raju Dutt, had called for the meeting at the Cooperative Labour Office in Birpara to discuss the reopening of the tea estate. But the plantation owner or his representatives did not show up for the meeting.
On July 17, the plantation management had shut down the tea estate after putting up a notice of ‘suspension of workers’. The tea workers are yet to receive their monthly and fortnightly salaries.
1300 tea workers have been left unemployed ever since. In response to the workers’ protest for their pending dues, the plantation owner put another notice and left.
Joint Forum leader, Ganesh Lama said, “The plantation owner did not come for the meeting. The condition of the tea workers is turning more miserable with each passing day.”