Government ally, the Tamil Progressive Front (TPF) today threatened to quit the government if the salaries of estate workers are not increased at least by Rs. 150, Estate Infrastructure Development Minister P. Digambaram said today.
Minister Digambaram said they will make the final decision after meeting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on March 1, 2019. “We have already informed our stance to the Prime Minister and he had called us, Plantations Minister Navin Dissanayake and Labour Minister Ravinda Samaraweera. We will quit if we will not reach an amicable settlement on that day,” the Minister said.
The Minister also said MP Arumugan Thondaman and State Minister Vadivel Suresh have let the workers down by getting their trade unions to sign the collective agreement. He said workers have been misled as the gross salary has been made to Rs.700 per day, though they were told that their basic salary would be increased to Rs. 700. ‘The allowance of Rs.15 which was paid earlier has been stopped and we request this allowance must be reintroduced,” he added.(Yohan Perera)
Who's going to quit over other workers salary issues?
Samson Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:51 PM
Leaving govt will not solve the issue. We know that estate workers toil to get us foreign exchange. They deserve what they ask and you should encourage the govt to get the estate companies to agree to this request. If not ask the companies to give back the estates to the govt and they can be managed by an extended SPC or Janatha estates.
Quit Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:59 PM
These poor plantion workers always get cheated by the govts. It is not impossible to give them Rs.1000.- per day.Are these companies runnig at a loss? All those politicians who represent these workers must quit from the govt if thewages are not met within a week or so. Otherwise the normal discussions and delays will take this issue until the next election.
dickie bird Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:07 PM
Why threaten? You wanna to eat the cake and have it as well?Just Quit if you have a backbone.Attempt to hoodwink whom? The innocent estate workers?You have been living off their blood, sweat and tears.
concern Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:07 PM
BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:06 AM
Aiyo u buggers all want to quit, but in the end will never. Aiyo Sirisena Kivva.
Lion Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:33 PM
King of drugs you will be kicked by MS if you go in front of him.
Coconut Republic Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:35 PM
Non of you will tc of the estate worker's. Just go
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