Siliguri: With the tea garden strike in north Bengal completing the second day today, the state government has convened a fresh tripartite meeting involving the trade unions and the planters.
State tourism minister and Siliguri Trinamool leader Gautam Deb today said that the meeting will be held on 13 August. The state labour commissioner Jawaid Akhtar had earlier said that the next round of tripartite meet will be on 20 August.
The advancing of the meeting by a week is the result of a wildcat three-day tea garden strike since yesterday at the behest of Joint Forum of 26 tea trade unions in north Bengal, minus the one affiliate to Trinamool.
The Forum had issued the strike call on 6 August after the labour commissioner and planters abruptly left a negotiation meeting at Uttarkanya as the unions refused to accept the revised daily wage of Rs 172.
On the first day of the strike yesterday, a tripartite meet was called by the joint labour commissioner in Siliguri. But other than labour officials and Joint Forum representatives, no representatives of the planters turned up.
The strike, being observed in Terai and Dooars region has evoked a mix response so far. Most of the tea gardens in the Terai have been paralysed but workers owing allegiance to Trinamool have reported for duty in some tea garden in the Dooars.