Sugarcane workers strike may impact crushing season

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Pune: As many as 15 lakh sugarcane labourers from Maharashtra have gone on strike demanding higher wages. This may affect the sugarcane crushing season which is all set to start from October 15.

At present, the workers get Rs 239 per tonne for cutting cane. The workers want Rs 400 per tonne for harvesting sugarcane, the rate at which the harvester machines are deployed. Workers say that the coronavirus pandemic has weakened their financial condition and need a hike in wages. The labour contractors have also demanded a hike in the commission from 18.5 per cent to 30 per cent.

According to the news report published in Financialexpress.com, D L Karad, president, Sugarcane cutters and Transport Workers Union has demanded that the wages should be hiked before starting the crushing season.

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