Sri Lanka estate workers’ unions and estate management to hold discussions

Apr 04, Colombo: Trade unions representing the estate workers in Sri Lanka and estate management companies are to meet today to negotiate a salary increase for the estate workers.

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the United National Party (UNP) led Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union are to represent the estate workers at the discussion.

Estate sector trade unions say that apart from negotiating for a salary increase, the workers would also call for a change in the current wage structure.

Meanwhile, several other trade unions are planning on initiating a joint action to demand a daily wage of Rs 700 for the estate workers.

The daily wage of Rs. 450 for an estate worker is not sufficient to maintain their families given the rise in cost of living, the unions said.

However, the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, the principal organization of employers dealing with labour and social issues, says plantation workers get a reasonable wage as they get a wide range of facilities such as housing, medical and welfare, water, pre/post natal care for mothers and infants, and child development and day-care facilities.

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