January 28, 2019, 8:53 pm
by Zacki Jabbar
While the Ceylon Workers Congress and several other plantation unions signed an agreement with the Estate Owners Association(EOA) to increase the basic daily wage to Rs.700, from the current Rs.500 in Colombo yesterday, some workers protested in several parts of the country, demanding Rs.1000.
The unions not satisfied with the solution to their grievances, demonstrated opposite the EOA in Rajagiriya and other areas such as Bogawantalawa, Hatton, Baddulla and Kandy, warning that they would not rest until their demand of a Rs.1000 daily wage was met.
The protests led to several roads being closed, at the time this edition went to press.
Secretary of the Labour Union Collective S. Ramanadan accused the EOA of cheating them.
Under the agreement reached between the EOA and several plantation trade unions, the Price Share Supplement, would also been increased from Rs.30 to Rs.50.When EPF and ETF dues are added, the total daily wage would come to Rs.850.
Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said that rupees 100 million from the Tea Fund, would be utilised to settle the arrears due to the workers.