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Companies reap profits while workers wages are unaffordable

Companies reap profits while workers wages are unaffordable

When over 100,000 estate workers went on strike last December to demand a 1,000-rupee ($US5.50) daily basic wage, the Planters Association of Ceylon, the representative body of the Sri Lankan plantation companies dismissed the demand, declaring it unaffordable. The plantation companies made this claim amidst …

Time to Set-up a TRC?

Time to Set-up a TRC?

Is Sri Lanka on the path to establishing its own Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)? The answer, at least if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to be believed, is ‘yes.’ …

Why has the Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

Why has the Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have …

Ceylon Tea a cup of pure enchantment?

Ceylon Tea a cup of pure enchantment?

Sri Lanka – a Tea Island, is known for its diverse cultures and scenic beauty. While blessed with fortunes of nature to give a different array of climates, tea was …

An Ideological Power Struggle

An Ideological Power Struggle

The ideological moorings of leaders in Sri Lanka, as they struggle for power, are as important as the strategic stakes of China and India in the Indian Ocean island state. …

From instability to greater disability

From instability to greater disability

Perhaps one thing that was forgotten when Lord Doughnamore gave Adult Franchise for all, and also when Sri Lanka became an independent nation, is the stability of the social structure of a country. This is what provides for the establishment of the government, which will …

Why are they retiring at 55?

Why are they retiring at 55?

Points to be considered for the extension of the retirement age of the members of the Security Forces. The reviewing of the retirement age of the Security Force personnel has …

Plantation union discussing deal with companies Recent media reports indicate that Sri Lankan plantation unions are preparing to drop workers’ demands for a 100 percent daily wage increase and impose …

Sri Lanka rode the roller coaster in 2018

Sri Lanka rode the roller coaster in 2018

Sri Lanka saw cataclysmic political events in 2018. Democracy, which was introduced way back in 1931 and was thought to be well and truly entrenched in Sri Lanka, was put …

A Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

As you celebrate Christmas, may you experience true love. Jesus is the reason for the season and the epitome of true love. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  May your Christmas be …