DIBRUGARH, Oct 9 - The lockout at the Kenduguri Tea Estate will continue as the reconciliation meeting held between the workers and the management representatives at the head office of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) at Jibon Phukan Nagar here today was inconclusive.
The meeting was called by Assistant Labour Commissioner Anusiya Dutta Baruah. The workers were represented by ACMS leaders Dileshwar Tanti and Gobordhan Lohar. The tea estate management was represented by officials from the management body and the Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA, Zone I).
It may be recalled that a lockout was declared at the tea estate on the night of October 5 in the wake of the assault on Sanjay Gurtu, the plantation manager, by five workers over the reported suspension of a worker. The workers, who were involved in the assault, attended today�s meeting, but Sanjay Gurtu did not turn up.
It is understood that the management representatives asked the workers to sign an undertaking that no unruly situation would be created in future.
Assistant Labour Commissioner Anusiya Dutta Baruah said that the meeting would continue tomorrow to bring an end to the impasse so that work could resume in the garden.