The Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC) will hold a meeting on August 20 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium to bring all the trade unions in the tea gardens under one umbrella.
Subrata Bakshi, Mukul Roy, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Sobhandeb Chatterjee and Dola Sen will be present at the meeting. It may be recalled that Trinamool Congress supremo had asked to bring all the unions in the tea garden under one umbrella at a meeting of the policy making body of the party on August 6. She had entrusted Aroop Biswas and Sobhandeb Chatterjee to look into the matter. Forty trade union leaders will also be present at the meeting.
Banerjee had earlier said that there would be one trade union in any organisation. If there are more than one trade union, they would be clubbed in to one to stop infighting.
Despite repeated requests from the state government, the Centre has not opened the closed tea garden units. The state government is sending medical teams to conduct health checkups of the workers. They have been given Rs 2 a kilogram of rice per week and their children have been sent to school. The state government is also providing drinking water.
Under the situation, the state government want an effective step from the Centre. One union will help to conduct movement in a better way. Senior leaders of the party said they would listen to the tea garden leaders and then formulate a policy which would be followed. “We want to open the tea gardens and the Centre should take a positive move,” a senior party leader said.