Eden groundstaff threaten suicide

Bowing to pressure from the Eden Garden's 20 groundstaff, the CAB said it was ready to negotiate the daily wages.

updated: July 13, 2008 07:54 IST
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Bowing to pressure from the Eden Garden's 20 groundstaff who threatened to commit suicide if their demands are not met, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Wednesday said it was ready to "negotiate the daily wages" with them while ruling out bringing them under CAB payroll.

Twenty groundstaff, five of whom are involved in the upkeep of Jadavpur University ground, in a letter to the CAB Working Committee had alleged gross negligence on the part of CAB.

Unfazed by their threat, CAB joint-secretary Amitava Banerjee maintained that their demand was illogical and if they commit suicide it will be an offence.

"So we are not bothered; we can't make them permanent and bring them under CAB payroll. However, we're ready to negotiate and increase their daily wage," Banerjee said.

Working under a private agency, the groundstaff receive a daily wage of Rs 105 and Rs 130 on Sundays.

However, Sushanta Salvi, one of the groundstaff, claimed that they were not intimated that the CAB wanted to negotiate the daily wage with them.

"They are giving false hopes by saying all these to the media. If they wanted to negotiate with us and increase the wage then why have they not informed us? So we're unrelenting in our demands," Salvi claimed.