‘Cabinet was to approve wage hike for estate workers’ | Daily News

‘Cabinet was to approve wage hike for estate workers’

C.B Ratnayake said that the Cabinet which was to meet today had agreed to increase the wages of estate workers by Rs.1,000. However, due to the Court of Appeal Interim Order, there would be no Cabinet meeting and any work undertaken so far would be stopped.

“It is a pity that these estate workers have launched a strike and have come onto the streets in protest, an increase of Rs. 1,000 was supposed to have been approved at the Cabinet meeting should we have met yesterday,” he said.

“This government came into power with many challenges and many difficulties. Everything we have strived to achieve has been halted,” Ratnayake said.

He added that the President is vested with the powers within the constitution to continue to carry out work and that the relevant heads of the many state owned intuitions will continue functioning as usual.

He added that they reject the interim order given by the Appeal Court and that the there were issues with the technicalities of the supporting evidences that were submitted including the draft of the Hansard.



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