Gudalur, Tamil Nadu, 17 December 2006

In line with the New Delhi Declaration, 2005, Kandy Declaration 2006 and action plan agreed upon at the international level at the Kandy conference, we workers and small growers of India, attending the National Convention of workers and small tea growers declare to undertake the following programme towards our struggle for living wages and decent working conditions for workers and fair price for small tea growers.

Workers

  1. Tea plantation workers will observe a one day mass hunger strike for right to life in front of all the tea board centers in the respective states on the budget day in March 2007
  2. Workers in the closed and abandoned plantations in the country will jointly organize a week long ‘satyagraha’ in front of parliament and assembly for their demands of right to life and employment along with the MPs and MLAs from the tea growing areas in March 2007
  3. National wide signature campaign on the charter of demands by the workers will be submitted to the president, prime minister of India and respective chief ministers of the tea growing states on May Day.
  4. A National Consultation on Alternatives in the management of closed tea gardens and trade in tea, including workers’ control over gardens and formation of cooperatives will be organized
  5. A campaign of right to life for the workers will be initiated in schools and colleges through the participation of students
  6. Lobbying with the elected representatives in the assembly and parliament to make legislation to stop casualisation and contractualisation of work in tea sector
  7. A ‘Right to Housing’ campaign will be initiated nationally by workers to reaffirm their housing rights. Each worker will send 50 grams of soil from their land/workplace to the respective state governments.
  8. A campaign will be launched for the formation of a separate ministry for plantation at the Union and State levels
  9. A campaign for an international commodity agreement for tea to regulate the supply and price of tea in the international market

Signed by:

  • Nilgiri District Estate Workers Union, (INTUC), Gudalur
  • All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC)
  • United Trades Union Congress (UTUC)
  • Hind Mazdur Sabha (HMS)
  • New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
  • Defence Committee for Plantation Workers Rights, West Bengal,
  • West Bengal Chai Mazdoor Sabha, (HMS), West Bengal
  • Plantation Working Class Union (PWCU)
  • Indian National Trade Union Congress, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
  • All India Federation of Plantation Workers Union, Valparai, Tamil Nadu
  • Integral Plantation Workers Union (IPWU), Pandalur
  • Plantation Workers Union Congress, (PWUC), Pandalur
  • Anaimalai Diraveda Thozhilalar Muuetra Sangam, Valparai, Anna Thotta Thozhilalar Sangham, Valparai, Tamil Nadu
  • Vivasaya Thozhilalar Munnetra Sangam, Gudalur
  • Plantation Working Class Union, Wayanadu, Kerala
  • Plantation Labour Association (AITUC), Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
  • Nilgiri Estate Workers Union (CITU), Gudalur
  • Dooars Cha Bagan Workers Union (UTUC)
  • Darjeeling Cha Bagan Workers Union (UTUC)
  • Dinajpur Cha Bagan Workers Union (UTUC)
  • Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi

 

Small Tea Growers

  1. Small tea growers will observe a one day mass hunger strike for right to life in front of all the tea board centers in the respective states on the budget day in March 2007
  2. National wide signature campaign on the charter of demands by small tea growers will be submitted to the president, prime minister of India and respective chief ministers of the tea growing states on May Day.
  3. A National Consultation on Alternatives in the management and trade including the formation of cooperatives, will be organized
  4. A campaign of right to life for the small tea growers will be initiated in schools and colleges through the participation of students
  5. A ‘pinch of soil’ struggle campaign will be initiated nationally by small tea growers on their land rights. Each small tea grower will send 50 grams of soil from their land to the respective state governments.
  6. A national federation of small tea growers association will be formed
  7. A campaign will be launched for the formation of a separate ministry for plantation at the Union and State levels
  8. A campaign for an international commodity agreement for tea to regulate the supply and price of tea in the international market

Signed by:

  • United Forum of Small Tea Growers’ Association of West Bengal, West Bengal
  • All Assam Small Tea Growers Association, Assam
  • Wayandu Tea Producers Marketing and Processing Cooperative Society, Wayanadu
  • Assam Small Tea Growers Cooperative, Society, Dibrugarh, Assam
  • All Kerala Small Tea Growers Association, Peeremedu P. O. Idukki
  • Small and Tiny Tea Growers Association, Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu
  • Sree Madurai Small Tea Growers Association, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
  • Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi

 

Gudalur, Tamil Nadu                                                                      17/12/2006

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