President's move timely: CWC
COLOMBO: The Ceylon Workers' Congress yesterday welcomed President
Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to extend his support to the Ceylon
Workers' Congress' efforts to increase the plantation workers wages in
the rubber and tea growing manufacturing trades to a monthly minium wage
of Rs. 5,000.
The CWC wrote to the Employers' Federation of Ceylon in July calling
upon the Plantation Companies to match the minimum wage granted to
workers in 31 Trades governed by the Wages Boards. On the initiative of
the Government, wages of workers in 31 Wages Boards were revised to a
minimum of Rs. 5,000 per month.
On August 23, a delegation of the Ceylon Workers' Congress led by
Arumugan Thondaman MP met Labour Relations and Manpower Minister Athauda
Seneviratne and urged him to assist in this matter. He suggested that
since this trade was governed by Collective Agreements, attempts should
first be made to discuss the matter with the Employers.
The Ceylon Workers Congress and the Joint Plantation Trade Union
Centre met the Employers Federation on August 24 and demanded that the
basic salary of Rs. 170 granted to planation workers be increased to Rs.
200 per day so that they receive Rs 5,000 per month working 25 days.
The Price Share Supplement and Attendance Incentive totalling to Rs.
90 will remain as they do not constitute a wage under the law.
Following these initiatives the President has requested the Labour
Relations and Manpower Minister to obtain the salary increase by
discussing with the employers. This positive move of the President is
timely and welcome the CWC said.