Estate workers stage one day strike over wage issue | Daily News

Estate workers stage one day strike over wage issue

Estate workers engaged in Trade Union (TU) action yesterday against the failure of the Estate Companies to increase their daily wage to Rs.1,000.

The estate workers joined in a one day strike by not reporting to work and staying at their homes irrespective of the TU they represent.

Shops in the Central Hills were closed in solidarity with the strike action. The private bus workers too withdrew from services to support the campaign. The public was inconvenienced as a result.

The buses belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) were operating as usual. The public institutions had also been opened. State Minister Jeewan Thondaman yesterday visited several estates in solidarity with the striking estate workers.

The Ceylon Workers Congress and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna organised the strike with estate workers in Maskeliya, Hatton, Bogawantalawa, Watawala, Samimale, Nallathanniya, Thalawakele and Nuwara Eliya representing all TUs supporting it.

The JVP TU representative pointed out that the demand to increase the Estate Workers’ basic wage to Rs.1,000 has been dragging on for six years. The Government recently took a Cabinet decision to raise the minimum wage of estate Workers to Rs.1,000. It was a pre-election pledge of the Government. However the Estate Owners are yet to agree to this move.