More than 400,000 tea estate workers in India go on strike over pay

More than 400,000 tea estate workers in India go on strike over pay

Workers on tea plantations across West Bengal state down tools for three days in bid for 20% pay rise

Hundreds of thousands of tea plantation workers in eastern India went on a three-day strike on Tuesday demanding a 20% increase in their daily wage, amounting to 50 cents (39p), from the government and estate owners.

The strike in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal state, close to the picturesque Darjeeling hill station, stopped work at most tea estates in the region.

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