The Ceylon Workers’ Congress has warned that an indefinite strike action will be launched if plantation companies further delay the payment of the daily wage which was increased to Rs.1,000 by the government, to estate workers.
Senior Vice Chairman of the CWC P Sathyawel said all estate workers of Agarapatana Plantations will join the strike action.
Speaking during a protest organized by workers of eight estates owned by Agarapatana Plantations, Sathyawel said according to the legal framework a labourer must work for seven hours.
He said however, estate workers who work for over seven hours don’t receive Rs.1,000 from plantation companies.
He noted such companies only focus on profits, while the labourers’ interests are being disregarded.
Sathyawel said the estate manager, factory workers and other office staff receive the full salary, which is a serious injustice.
He therefore called for a solution to be provided in this regard.
He claimed several labourers of Agarapatana Plantations had lodged complaints in this regard, and took to the streets today.