Jan 23, Colombo: Estate workers of Hatton and Bogawanthalawa tea estates have launched strike today (23) demanding the plantation companies to increase their basic daily wage up to Rs. 1000.
The plantation workers say they are on strike since the authorities have not yet met their demand to increase the wages.
The plantation workers entered the Bogawanthalawa town and staged a protest blocking the main Hatton-Bogawanthalawa road.
Plantation companies during discussions held with the estate workers' unions have proposed to increase the current basic daily wage of Rs. 530 to Rs. 600, and increase by Rs. 25 per year up to Rs. 675 in the next three years.
The proposal has been rejected by the joint estate trade unions saying they are not prepared to agree to a basic daily wage below Rs. 1,000.