Oct 10, 2018

Thondaman demands wage hike to support budget Featured

Tamil parties will abstain from supporting budget 2019 if the daily wage of estate labourers is not increased to Rs.1,200, Ceylon Workers Congress leader Arumugam Thondaman has warned.

The warning came as estate trade unions met the estate employers’ association at the latter’s head office at Rajagiriya yesterday (09).

CWC deputy chairman S. Arul said employers offered to raise the wage by 15 per cent, but Thondaman wanted the wage to be raised to Rs. 1,000.

The employers, led by their chairman Roshan Rajadorai rejected it, after which the CWC leader told them that he would demand the government to raise the wage to Rs. 1,200.

Or else, the government will have no support of all MPs from the estates, north and the east and the opposition as well as the JVP at the budget vote, he warned.

The meeting ended without a decision, and the two sides will meet again on October 12.

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