Colombo: Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake has decided to grant Rs. 100 million from the funds of Sri Lanka Tea Board to pay three-months arrears to estate workers.
The decision was taken by Minister Dissanayake following discussions with plantation companies and estate workers’ trade unions on 25th January 2019 to resolve the wages issue of plantation workers.
An agreement was reached to provide a basic daily wage of 700 rupees for plantation workers and in addition – Price Share Supplement (PSS) of 50 rupees totaling 750 rupees.
Subsequently Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayaka had agreed to provide Rs. 100 million from the funds of the Sri Lanka Tea Board for the payment of 3 months’ salary arrears to the estate workers.
The decision has been taken as a measure to resolve the estate workers’ problems since the workers’ trade unions and plantation companies reached an agreement to raise basic daily wage to Rs. 700 reports The Tea Board.
However, a group of estate workers launched a protest demanding to increase the basic daily wage to Rs. 1000 a few days after the decision.