GNLF'S sister wing Himalayan Planters Workers Union [ HPWU] today in a press conference at Darjeeling said that they will gherao GTA headquarter LAL KOTHI on 4th May demanding the immediate release of the daily wages of the labours which they are yet to receive of the 104 days strike.
Speaking with the press HPWU President JB Tamang said that on 4th May we have decided to involve workers from all the tea gardens of Darjeeling hills as they are the ones who are discriminated .
We will be picketing in different places like Rohini, Sukna, Bagpool and Panighata from 27th April where all the central committee members of the HPWU will participate keeping in mind the 7 point demand for the welfare of the tea garden workers said Tamang. He further said we have decided these places for picketing as these places are the main doorway to transport pukka tea to Siliguri from the hills.
Workers from different tea gardens had participated whole heartedly during the movement for the seperate state Gorkhaland. But the leaders both Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa who were at the forefront during the movement have accepted GTA , but they have not taken any step for the tea garden workers said Tamang.
He further said that we are hearing that vice chairman of GTA Anit Thapa is distributing umbrellas to the workers, but they don't need umbrellas they need their wages of 104 days. Since both Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa are not taking any initiative at the demands of the tea garden workers thus to keep the demands of the workers we will gherao GTA headquarter on 4th May said Tamang.