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Employers face legal action if they dishonour Rs.1,000 daily wage: Labour Comm. Gen.

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The employers who fail to pay the daily wage of Rs.1,000 to plantation workers are liable to face legal action, Labour Department Commissioner General Prabath Chandrakeerthi said.

He said an extraordinary gazette notificaion in this regard was was published on march 10 after the wage structure was approved by the subject Minister.

Legal action will be taken in accordance with Wages Board Act, he said.

Accordingly, employers could face a hefty fine or up to six months in prison or both, the Commissioner General said.

The plantation workers' daily wage of Rs.1,000 which includes a payment of Rs. 900 and a budgetary allowance of Rs. 100 per day was approved by the Wages Board at the meeting held on February 8, he added. 

The daily wage increment was recieved by the plantation workers following two years of dragging discussions between Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) and trade unions.

Commissioner General Chandrakeerthi  called for a vote and the salary increase had received 11 votes in favour of the Wages Board members with nine against.

The daily wages increment of the plantation workers was delayed due to the trade unions (TUs) and the owners of the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) failing to reach an agreement on the wages model that was proposed by the RPCs in January. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 5

  • Jude Thursday, 11 March 2021 10:32 AM

    Don't pay the Rs.1000, then arrest the CEO,/MD of the plantation companies ,!! Yeah!

    Shehan Thursday, 11 March 2021 10:36 AM

    This is a long due payment for plantation workers. But the question is can those companies pay it off now?. Or another trap to sell estates to Chinese / Indians for commission??????. Where are we going.....

    ANTON Thursday, 11 March 2021 10:39 AM


    Worker Thursday, 11 March 2021 12:37 PM

    How long will that take?

    kumar Thursday, 11 March 2021 04:43 PM

    Tea is a primary forex earner, In a free mkt the exchange parity would be much more resulting in a higher price fr tea. The Govt cannot on one hand hold on to ex rate manipulation and force the companies to pay a uneconomical although deserving wage. The Govt. has to provide a subsidy especially when they are paying overstaffed and unproductive excess govt. servants above parity salaries when compared to hard working estate workers. If the trade unions fail to assess the reality but for favours from Govt. expect the plantation companies to bear the whole cost they may see a unrecoverable collapse which will also drag the economy with it.

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