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Miners at the Bogala Mine in Kegalle have commenced a Satyagraha, 1,670 feet underground, demanding salary increments and other employee benefits, the Inter Company Employees Union (ICEU) said.  

Assistant Secretary to the Union T. Hetticarchchi said that the workers would continue the protest until their demands were met.

A salary increment of Rs. 5,000, festival holidays, insurance and safety gear were the main demands of the employees engaged in the sathyagraha.

“Some of these employees work in just their sarongs, they need uniforms and safety gear,” Hettiarchchi said.  

There were at least 50 employees engaged in the Sathyagaraha underground while 150 employees were protesting above ground.  

Graphite is mined at the center.  

 

Video by Saliya Gamasinghe

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  • Sri Lankan Thursday, 12 May 2016 08:56 AM

    Workers in search of Black Money underground hidden by under invoicing of exports of graphite!!!!

    Law Tuesday, 10 May 2016 11:52 AM

    Aren't there any provision in Employment Act to protect these innocent Miners?

    Mihiran Tuesday, 10 May 2016 03:33 PM

    Nothing done from company authority side against their employees, and all miners are well protected and on par with Sri Lankan prevailing law and as per the Mines


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