Minister assures equal benefits for plantation sector workers
The Government will take steps to grant similar status, benefits and
dignity enjoyed by public servants to the plantation sector workers,
said Plantation Industries Minister D M Jayaratne.
The Minister added that measures are being implemented in the
plantation sector with Ministry Support. As an initial measure, the
daily wages and certain names of designations are being changed. He was
addressing a gathering after opening rest rooms and rehabilitated
by-roads of Hulandawa, Diddenipotha and Thiruwanagaha estates in the
Southern Province last week.
Some conspiratorial elements had been trying to achieve their
personal agenda through innocent people of plantation sector and
neglecting them once they achieved success.
But today plantation workers have been able to overcome their basic
problems and industrial disputes under the direct decisions of the
present Government, the Minister said.
"The Government will never take into consideration the birth or
origin of plantation workers. Now our country has only one nation.
"It is Sri Lankan. Today plantation workers too enjoy benefits and
rights as citizen of the country," Jayaratne said.