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Horticulture workers get no pay for last five months

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Workers of horticulture farms and gardens of Department of Horticulture staging a demonstration in front of Salem Collectorate on Monday demanding wages.
Workers of horticulture farms and gardens of Department of Horticulture staging a demonstration in front of Salem Collectorate on Monday demanding wages.

Special Correspondent

As the summer festival is nearing they have to do more work

SALEM: Temporary workers in the Government maintained Anna Park and Rose Garden in the hill station of Yercaud have been working without wages for the last five months.

These labourers, a majority of them locals, are engaged to maintain the gardens including the Yercaud Anna Park and other farms being maintained by the Department of Horticulture, Tamil Nadu Government.

A majority of these labourers are on minimum wages and working in 53 Government-run farms and gardens at various places in Tamil Nadu including in hill stations such as Yercaud, Kodaikanal and Udhagamandalam. But the workers in Anna Park and Rose Garden in Yercaud have not received their wages for the last five months.

Many of them, according to V. K. Nallamuthu, General Secretary, The Neelamalai Plantations Workers Union, Yercaud, have fallen as prey to usury lenders.

Wages are being to them irregularly, he pointed out. As the summer festival is nearing, the tourist inflow has also picked up the momentum ushering in more work for them.

Mr. Nallamuthu said he had already represented the case to the District Collector who is yet to take a firm decision in this regard. He also alleged that many of these workers were being treated as bonded labourers in Government farms.

Hence the Government should intervene immediately and disburse the wages to the workers. Highlighting these demands, workers staged a demonstration in front of the District Collectorate here on Monday. Mr. Nallamuthu presided.

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