Indian Tea Association (ITA), the apex body of tea planters, today expressed concern over the continuing stir by the labour unions in Dooars and Terai region of North Bengal, saying it was hampering production.
ITA Chairman Azam Monem said that the wages of the workers of the tea industry had been historically determined through negotiations with the unions and the last agreement to this effect was signed on April 1, 2014 for three years and has since expired.
Meanwhile, the industry had given two rounds of interim relief to the workers in West Bengal, taking the daily cash component to Rs 159, pending finalisation of minimum wages.
The daily cash component to the workers of Assam gardens was Rs 167, he said.
Monem said that production was down in June by 10 per cent over the corresponding month of the previous year while in July, it was still lower so far.
"Cost of production to the industry was inversely related to the production volumes which lower production levels raises costs," he said.
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