06 July 1999
Strike threat to Indian tea plantations

INDUSTRIAL unrest is threatening plantation owners in several key tea-growing areas of India.

Owners in Dooars, Terai, the hills in Darjeeling and in other areas of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have been served with notices of intended strike action.

The Co-ordination Committee of Plantation Workers has warned of a strike starting on 12 July.

The dispute centres on the creation of permanent jobs, with the union pushing for more than the owners want to offer.

Casual labour within the industry represents almost 35% of the permanent workforce.

The unions are seeking permanent employment for most of them and the provision of better health facilities is also being demanded.

The state government is scheduled to hold another meeting with both parties on 9 July in an attempt to broker a deal.

  • Financial Times 06/07/99 page 32