Protest against moves to privatise estate in Hunnasgiriya
Plantation families protested against moves to privatise the Hairpark Estate in Hunnasgiriya.
The estate is currently operating under the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation.
Some 200 estate workers are employed at the estate but most of them have not been given work over a long period of time.
The estate workers says since 2007 the estate has not been properly managed and the workers get only 5-12 days of work a month.
The estate workers feel the failure to properly manage the estate and ensure the employees have at least 25 days of work is an attempt to have the workers leave without being compensated.
During the protest staged today, the estate workers demanded that each family in the estate be allocated at least 2 acres of land.
The employees also demanded that the management of the tea estate settle all dues to the employees. (Colombo Gazette)