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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:13 PM

Indian tea workers set fire to boss

Over 1,000 tea workers in the India state of Assam have gathered outside the home of the plantation owner as part on an on-going labour dispute. Following shots being fired from the plantation owner’s house, the workers set his house and cars alight. The plantation owner, Mridul Bhattacharya, has a history of exploiting and killing workers.

An unnamed female tea worker was quoted as saying that:

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“We all came and attacked the bungalow and set it on fire. They deserved to be killed as the planter has exploited us for a long time and tortured us for petty things"
A local newspaper reported that the violence was sparked by the plantation owner and exploiter Mridul Bhattacharya ordering 10 workers to leave their homes with immediate effect, and the detention of several workers by the police on unspecified charges. The workers claim that Bhattacharya had not paid them their wages that had been due in December, and all the other issues have stemmed from workers complaining about the non-payment.

When workers refused to leave their homes (owned by the plantation) he had them arrested and imprisoned. An unnamed worker said that:

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“Some workers met Bhattacharya Wednesday morning and requested him to get the arrested labourers released. He, however, did not pay any heed to the request and threatened the workers of dire consequences. This angered the labourers and they took the extreme step,”



http://libcom.org/blog/indian-tea-workers-set-fire-boss-27122012




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Ichingcarpenter Dec 2012 OP
jollyreaper2112 Dec 2012 #1
Enrique Dec 2012 #5
shintao Dec 2012 #2
Honeycombe8 Dec 2012 #3
roguevalley Dec 2012 #4
Jim Warren Dec 2012 #7
NNN0LHI Dec 2012 #6
malaise Dec 2012 #8

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:20 PM

1. not the first time this has happened

In capitalist India, you fire boss!
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Response to jollyreaper2112 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:53 PM

5. DUzy!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:21 PM

2. Ahh, Revolution

 

Too bad American workers don't have the back bone displayed by foreign workers. America could use some Mansion burnings and riots at these corporate elites homes instead of on a passive strike line.

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Response to shintao (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:24 PM

3. I hope that's a joke and not support for murder. For one thing, how do you know what the

owner did or did not do? Because his killers said so?

We don't want anyone being killed.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:30 PM

4. we don't but we also don't want workers to

be killed by bosses. Given the few circumstances shown, I am on the side of the workers.

I think even Hyacinth is appalled as well.

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Response to shintao (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:02 PM

7. With enough desperation

they will.

BTW, I get what you're saying without needing the church lady lecture.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:55 PM

6. We did that once where I work

Just kidding around.

Don

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:23 PM

8. Yep lots of exploitation in India

People take as much as they can.

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