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Tea industry, workers settle bonus issue

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Kolkata, Sep 10 (UNI) Tea plantation workers and management in West Bengal have reached an agreement on the rates of bonus for the year.

The bonus for the A grade was fixed at 11.25 per cent (11 per cent last year), B grade was fixed at 10 per cent (9.75 per cent last year), C grade was fixed at 9.15 per cent (9.00 per cent last year) and D grade was fixed at 8.5 per cent, sources at the Consultative Committee of Plantation Association (CCPA) told UNI.

The agreement was reached last night following two-day discussions between the plantation management under the banner of Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA) and North Bengal Tea Workers represented by the umbrella organisations of Co-ordination Committee of Plantation Workers Union and Defence Committee for Plantation Workers Rights.

The bonus would benefit about 2 lakh workers of some 300 gardens spreading over three districts of north Bengal's Terai and Dooars region- Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooccchbehar.

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