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Anit Thapa hits out at trade unions for pulling out of bonus negotiation meeting

DARJEELING, : GTA chief executive and Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha president Anit Thapa today spoke on BGPM-affiliated trade union’s decision to stage protest against phased payment of puja bonus.

“For good work, we should support the State government and if a bad work is being done, we should also be able to protest against it,” he reasoned.

Although their demand for 20 per cent bonus was agreed upon in the tripartite meeting for puja bonus negotiation on Wednesday, it was decided that the payment will be made in two instalments – 15 per cent before Durga Puja and 5 per cent before Diwali.

In protest against the phased payment, BGPM trade union decided to hold demonstrations as a sign of protest. Thapa said that he had directed the trade union not to sign the agreement until bonus is provided at one go.

The BGPM president also hit out at The Joint Forum (Hills), an umbrella organisation of seven trade unions from the hills, after the forum pulled out of the tripartite meeting.

“Leaders of all trade unions should have been present at the time of discussion. Had they been present during the negotiations, we could have got something more. It seems that they are never there when the tea garden workers need them,” he said.

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Thapa insisted that all trade unions should have attended the meeting in the interest of tea garden workers.    

 

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi