June 19, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed plantations owners to take a final decision on the daily wages of estate workers.
During a meeting held with plantations owners Wednesday (17) under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Ceylon Workers Congress Secretary Jeevan Thondaman made a request to the estate owners to add a price share supplement, productivity incentive and attendance incentive in addition to the Rs. 700 basic daily wage and increase the daily wage of estate workers up to Rs. 1000.
Former state minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who explained the increase in the salaries of estate workers in recent years, told the estate owners that these demands should be addressed.
The estate owners did not reach a final agreement on the demands of the plantation workers at the meeting and the Prime Minister urged the estate owners to take a final decision regarding the matter.
However, a decisive discussion on increasing the daily wage of an estate worker will be held on June 25 under the patronage of the Prime Minister.
Ministers Ramesh Pathirana, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prime Minister's Secretary Gamini Senarath, Representatives of the Ceylon Workers’Congress, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Ravindra Hewawitharana, Secretary, Ministry of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development DPG Kumarasiri, Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises, Athula Kumara, Chairman of Janatha Estate Development Board BD Abeysuriya, Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation Chairman Srimal Wijesekera, Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Jayampathi Molligoda, and representatives of plantation companies participated in the discussion.