RPC’s under fire in Parliament over wage issue

Regional Plantation Companies (RPC) came under fire in Parliament today over the Rs. 1000 plantation sector wage issue.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament that the Government position is that a daily wage of Rs. 1000 must be given to the plantation workers.

“We are having discussions on this with the plantation companies,” he said.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the Government must ensure Rs. 1000 is given instead of just saying it.

He said that plantation communities are living in poor conditions and not doing too well and need to be supported financially.

Several protests have been staged demanding that Rs. 1000 be granted to the plantation workers.

Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the protests are genuine and acceptable.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that it also supports the demand for a daily wage of Rs. 1000.

TNA Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan said that all Tamils support the demands made by the plantation Tamils for a higher wage.

Regional Plantation Companies have so far refused to agree to the demand saying they cannot afford to pay Rs. 1000 as a daily wage. (Colombo Gazette)


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