Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: The need to hike the wages of those working in the Industrial Cooperative (INDCO) tea factories in the district was emphasised at a conference of the CITU affiliated Nilgiris District INDCO Factories Employees Union held here on Monday.

Temporary workers

Pointing out that the workers were now being paid Rs. 85 a day, the participants said that the wages had not been revised for about ten years. The temporary workers should be made part of the Employees Provident Fund scheme and they should be paid a monthly salary.

Tea gardens

The lay-off wages of the workers at the Kinnakorai INDCO tea factory, which had been re-opened recently after being closed for a few months should be cleared without delay. Steps should be taken immediately to re-open the INDCO factories at Kotagiri and Kil-Kotagiri, which had been closed for long.

The President of the Union, S. Moideen, who presided said that if the few acres of tea gardens surrounding various INDCO factories were maintained properly their income could be augmented.

Pointing out that the rate of bonus paid in different INDCO factories now ranged between 8.33 and 10 percent , he said that all the INDCO employees should get 25 percent.

Either a housing scheme should be implemented for the workers or a housing allowance paid.