Government to pay Rs. 50 a day to increase wage of estate workers

The Government has decided to pay Rs. 50 a day to increase the daily wage of estate workers.

The funds will be allocated through the 2019 budget of the Government.

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said that the decision was taken at talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.

Dissanayake said that the decision to allocate Government funds to increase the daily wage of estate workers was taken as a result of demands made by a group of Ministers representing the plantation communities.

Ministers Mano Ganesan, Palani Digambaram and Velusami Radhakrishnan had demanded an increase of the daily wage of estate workers.

Plantation trade unions recently signed a collective agreement with plantation companies agreeing to Rs. 700 as the daily wage.

In addition, the price share supplement which is given to employees from the earnings of the company by selling tea, was also agreed to be increased from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

However Ministers Mano Ganesan, Palani Digambaram and Velusami Radhakrishnan had refused to support the agreement.

Dissanayake said that following talks held yesterday and today it was agreed that the Government will allocate funds to increase the wage by Rs. 50 for one year. (Colombo Gazette)

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