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Workers Victorious After Struggle: Brick Kiln Owner Settles Wages Amidst Threats*


By TC News Desk

Agartala, 5th May 2024:  In a recent turn of events at the North Sonaichari SSB brick kiln in Belonia subdivision under South District , a group of migrant workers from Bihar faced a harrowing ordeal as the owner refused to pay their hard-earned wages after a full season of labor.

Sources said that the workers, already facing threats, were left in a dire situation until the intervention of local journalists and administrative officials.

“For years, laborers from Bihar have traveled to the SSB brick kiln in North Sonaichari to work through the season, only to face the injustice of unpaid wages upon completion of their duties. This year was no exception, as workers found themselves in a desperate situation when the owner reneged on their promised compensation and even threatened them”, said a source from the brick kiln industry.

The workers, determined to seek justice, made their way to the South District Labor Office, only to find the District Labor Officer unavailable. Undeterred, they persisted, spending a sleepless night at the office, devoid of sustenance.

Their plight caught the attention of local journalists, who swiftly escalated the matter to the sub-divisional administration. DCM Arijit Pal promptly intervened, convening a meeting attended by the District Labor Officer, brick kiln owners, and himself.

Following intense negotiations, the owner relented under pressure and agreed to settle the outstanding wages of the workers. Moreover, recognizing the urgency of the situation, arrangements were made for the workers to reach the railway station safely.

Amidst a sigh of relief and gratitude, the workers departed for Bihar in vehicles provided by the owner, their wages finally secured after a strenuous battle for their rights.

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