The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PAC) said that the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have submitted a revised wage proposal to remunerate estate workers up to Rs. 1108 a day.
In a statement, the Association said the decision on the new wage structure was taken following a meeting with Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva. On January 29.
“The revised proposal was a result of a settlement, negotiated with the assent of the Minister. However, trade unions are still to agree. This resolution will ensure that workers will earn in excess of the Rs. 1,000 demand, and will finally be rewarded for increased productivity,” the statement said.
“The Rs. 1108 daily wage is achieved in the following manner: Basic Wage – Rs. 725, Price Share Supplement – Rs. 50, EPF/ETF – Rs. 108 and an Attendance and Productivity Incentive of Rs. 225, which has been reintroduced,” it added.
“A fixed daily wage model will be applicable for 3 days a week. On the rest of the days, employees will be remunerated based on one of two productivity-linked earning models – one where employees will earn Rs. 50 for every kilo of tea leaf plucked. The other being the revenue share model, where employees can become entrepreneurs,” the statement said.
“The Trade Unions have drawn a line in the sand, and now claim that what is best for our employees is a Rs. 1,000 basic wage without any productivity incentives, or even the need to report to work regularly. In the process, they have rejected multiple offers, each of which delivers a fixed daily wage well in excess of Rs. 1,000,” it added.
The Association has urged the trade unions to consider this proposal in the best interest of the plantation worker, looking beyond political interest.
“Once productivity models are implemented, workers will have the benefit of flexi-hours, and improved worker mobility where other family members can contribute towards the earning process as well. Our workers will have a say in when and how they work, and drastically improve their earnings in the process,” Secretary General of Planters’ Association of Ceylon said.
Sam Silva Monday, 01 February 2021 06:30 PM
The productivity based salary will benefit the tea plantations than based on daily wages. Currently most of the tea plantations are occurring big loses due to cost of production.
Sambo Monday, 01 February 2021 08:24 PM
Never mind what's promised they may not even receive the Rs. 1000. Our politicians are full of broken promises.
K.Punchinilame Tuesday, 02 February 2021 01:32 AM
The whole scheme as presented should be put on a Trial Period of 3 months. This can be then studied and fresh negotiations are started.
Demuni Uduwara Tuesday, 02 February 2021 03:04 AM
Constant wage system is not beneficial to the workforce though Unions claim it. In 1992 too Unions claim a constant wage. If it is on the basis of cost of living index, existed in colonial era, that is certainly advantageous to the workforce. However, due to shrinking lands extent for unprofitable purposes often, PA's proposal should be accepted by the Unoons. .
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