As the crisis in the tea gardens of north Bengal deepened, the government continued its efforts to hold another round of talks with the planters and workers on Wednesday. The strike started on the 11th of July with 14 tea worker unions demanding a doubling of daily plucking wages and better perks. The planter unions, like the ITA, insist that wages should be linked to productivity if they are to be increased significantly. The laborers association oppose it. Goutam Gupta has more on the story.