Estate workers launch a ‘go slow’ demanding Rs.1000 daily wage
A ‘go-slow’ has been launched by estate workers throughout the island with effect from today, demanding a 1000 rupees daily wage. An estate worker’s current daily wage is 485 rupees.
The two-year collective agreement regarding the wages of the plantation workers ended on 31st of March. Negotiations between workers’ trade unions and estate owners were held four times in the past with regard to increasing estate worker daily wage, but all negotiations failed as estate owners did not agree to increase the wages.
The go-slow was seen in operation in many estates in the hill country today. An estate worker should pluck an average number of 15 to 20 kilograms of leaves per day, but this average harvest has decreased to 5 kilograms a day due to trade union action.