Gujarat: Cooperative sugar mills hike wages of sugarcane labourers

Surat: Cooperative sugar mills from various parts of South Gujarat have decided to raise the wages of sugarcane labourers by 10 per cent. This is good news for the labourers as they were agitating for the same from the last three years.

The decision will help 2.5 lakh cane harvesters, said trade union leaders.
According to the news report published in The Times Of India, Sudhir Katiyar, advisor of Majoor Adhikar Manch, said, “On Wednesday, Cooperative Sugar Factories of South Gujarat have hiked the wages of sugarcane harvesting workers by Rs 25 per tonne to Rs 280 per tonne. The commission paid to the labour contractors too has been hiked from Rs 5 per tonne to Rs 55 per tonne. This is a result of sugarcane harverstors’ struggle for the last few years demanding hike in wages.”

Labour supervisors of the Cooperative Factories at their meetings with the labour contractors declared the wage hike.

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