Estate workers protest in Hatton and Bogawanthalawa

Estate workers in Hatton and Bogawanthalawa staged a strike today against the proposed Rs. 700 daily wage and demanding Rs. 1000.

The protesters blocked the Hatton-Bogawanthalawa main road in Bogawanthalawa town resulting in a traffic congestion in the area.

On Friday, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said that an agreement was reached between plantation companies and the trade unions for a daily wage of Rs. 700 plus an additional Rs. 50.

Trade union have been demanding nothing short of Rs. 1000 as a daily wage but plantation companies refused to agree.

Meanwhile. the Planters’ Association of Ceylon announced that following negotiations between the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and Trade Unions representing Regional Plantation Company employees, an agreement was reached for a revised collective agreement.

Secretary General of The Planters’ Association, Lalith Obeyesekere said that as per the revised agreement, a daily basic wage of Rs. 700 plus a Price Share Supplement (PSS) of Rs. 50, totalling Rs 750 is the only remuneration a worker would receive based on the plucking norm. (Colombo Gazette)

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