The plantation managements and trade unions in Valparai area are likely to sign an agreement soon on the revised wages for the plantation workers.

The managements in Nilgiris and Nilgiris-Wayanad area have already entered into bipartite agreements and the new wages came into effect from July 1.

With regard to Valparai area, the managements and the trade unions want to go in for a tripartite agreement. The managements have appealed to the Department of Labour to intervene so that the agreement could be signed soon.

According to S. Mohan, General Secretary of the AITUC (Valparai), the managements and trade unions have come to an understanding to increase the daily wages for the plantation workers to Rs. 198.

They have planned to sign a tripartite agreement by the end of this week.

An industry source here told The Hindu on Monday that the State Government issued a notification on minimum wages for plantation workers in April this year.

The minimum daily wages were Rs. 18 to Rs. 20 higher than what the workers were receiving.

The new wage agreement, which will be valid for four years, was higher than the minimum wages. The Dearness Allowance would increase every year and apart from the Rs. 198 a day, the workers would also get production incentives.

The skilled workers would get annual increment too.

The Nilgiris region had nearly 15,000 workers in the plantations and in the Nilgiris-Wayanad region another 10,000 workers were employed in the plantations.

In the Valparai region, about 15,000 workers were employed in the plantations. The wage agreements were for all the three regions, the source said.

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