Plantation workers on go-slow campagn

tea pluckersTamil Progressive Alliance today commenced protest today 08 July at  the Talawakele Municipal Council grounds  demanding to grant Rs.1000 as a basic wages to estate workers.

National Workers Union leader and the minister of Estate Infrastructure Development Palani Digambaran, Upcountry Peoples Front political wing leader and the State Minister of Education V.Radhakrishnan, Democratic Peoples Front leader Mano Ganesan were present at this protest.

 The General Secretary of the Ceylon Workers Congress, Arumugam Thondaman and the party leader Muttu Sivalingam also participated in a satyagraha on 07 night last night at the Malliyappu junction in Hatton.

Ceylon Workers Congress is one of the trade unions which signed  the two year collective agreement with the Employers Federation of Ceylon.

Meanwhile the Plantation workers had commenced a go slow campaign and commenced plucking only 02 kg green leaf on the instructions of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) from 06 July 2015, over the delay in finalizing the wage agreement with the management companies. However, the Plantation Companies had instructed the estate staff to refrain from their daily duties from 07 July and had shut down the tea factories on 08 July 2015. Sources in the plantations said workers had forcibly entered some factories in the Maskeliya area and carried out manufacture of the leaf and the executives been threatened in Agarapatana to vacate their residences.

The estate management companies has requested the Government to ensure that the law and order situation does not deteriorate and to deploy the Police and the STF in the Maskeliya and Nuwara Eliya areas as they feel that the situation could be exploited by interested parties especially with the forthcoming elections in August..

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