|Wednesday, 26 November 2003|
Plantation workers neglected in Budget - Chandrasekar
The All Ceylon Estate Workers Union said in a statement the UNF Government's third budget which had offered an insignificant salary increase to public servants had totally ignored the estate workers who slogged to earn vital foreign exchange for the country.
All political parties which had won elections in the past by making rosy promises to the estate workers had ignored them after gaining power. Likewise the UNF too which won the general election on December 5, 2001 promising to increase wages and subsidies of estate workers too had forgotten them after bestowing ministerial portfolios and other privileges on their trade union leaders.
The statement signed by union President Ramalingam Chandrasekar, MP said estate workers who had been rendering a vital service to the country for the last 175 years were today living in abject poverty with a minimal wage hardly sufficient for their upkeep. As a result the estate workers had become a segment of society facing education, health, housing and various other problems including unemployment for their progeny.
The union while registering its vehement protest against the government's indifference towards estate workers in its last three budgets wished to pressurise the government to grant them a suitable wage increase commensurate with their labour to safeguard their lives and their future welfare.
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