Feb 14, 2019

Pirathaparan to travel countrywide demanding 1000 rupee wage

Darmalingam Pirathaparan, a resident of Vavuniya, has embarked a journey to tour island-wide from the 10th of February demanding Rs. 1000/- daily wage for estate workers.

Accordingly, on the 3rd day of his journey, he reached at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy at about 2.30 pm yesterday (13). There, he was cheered by the public, and he started traveling again after about half an hour. His objective is to travel 2125 kms countrywide by bicycle covering all districts of Sri Lanka and to request the citizenry to ensure justice for all plantation workers.

Meanwhile, the President has appointed a special committee to present a set of recommendations to give short and long term solutions to problems associated with the tea industry.

The President appointed a committee at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat on the 13th to discuss the salary issue of laborers in the tea industry.

The estate workers have been demanding a wage hike for several months and until now they have not been able to achieve fair solution for their demand. Also, daily strikes have caused a loss of billions of rupees to the tea industry.

Experts say that in an era where some countries in the world are trying to keep up their economies strong even in fierce situations such as wars, it is ridiculous that Sri Lanka would have to waste a lot of time to arrive at a solution for the plantation sector problem.

Herath Ekanayake - Kandy

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