wages

Interim Wage Hike Quiets Assam but Darjeeling Remains Unsettled

The government of Assam just awarded tea workers wage increases of INRs30 ($0.45) per day through 2019 as an interim step in the ongoing negotiations to achieve wage parity in the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Meanwhile in West Bengal tensions are rising with the announcement of a three-day strike late this month. Tea...

India’s Commerce Minister Seeks Higher Tea Wages

Working conditions at several of India’s tea gardens are “a matter of grave concern” according to Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Minister of State for Commerce and Industries. Sitharaman, after touring troubled gardens in Jalpaiguri for the second time in eight months, is pressing for an increase in the minimum wage paid workers. Garden owners pay...