Swapan Kumar Singh:
In 21st August, Workers from five gardens including Telipara, Surma, Noyapara, staged rally at Jagdispur Muktijoddha Chattar area of Madhabpur upazila around 10:00 am and blocked the highway, creating a long tailback of vehicles on both sides of the road.
Around 3 pm, they suspended the blockade on the instruction from Bangladesh Tea worker Union leaders as they assured by August 23 that their demand will be fulfilled.
Workers of tea garden who rejected the daily wage hike by Tk. 25 to 145 staged demonstrations on Dhaka – Sylhet highway and Airport Road in Sylhet on Sunday demanding Tk 300 as their daily wage.
They abstained from joining Work as the leaders of Bangladesh Tea workers Union on Saturday night announced that they did not withdraw the strike upon assurance of a Tk 25 hike in
Meanwhile, workers of 24 tea gardens in Habigonj lifted blockade of the Dhaka -Sylhet Highway, giving a two – days ultimatum to meet their demand for Tk 300 daily wage.
The workers from Sylhet valley gardens blocked the road connecting to MAG Osmani International Airport from 12 pm to 2 pm, creating a huge traffic gridlock.
The workers descended on the Muktijoddha Square at the highways Jagadishpur point on Sunday to show their disapproval of the governments proposal to increase wages by Tk 25 to 145.
The demonstrations caused a 3-km tailback on the high way as additional police personnel were deployed to handle the Situation.