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PM urges estate companies to decide on Rs.1000 daily wage

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday instructed Plantation Company owners to come to a decision on increasing the estate sector workers' day's wage to Rs.1000 without delay.

A decisive meeting on the matter will be held under the patronage of the Prime Minister on June 25 with the participation of relevant ministers, Plantation Company heads and officials.

The Prime Minister made these instructions yesterday during a meeting where Ceylon Workers' Congress General Secretary Jeevan Thondaman demanded to increase the day's wage of the estate sector workers to Rs. 1000 by adding price share supplement, productivity incentive and attendance incentive to the day's basic salary of Rs 700. Thondaman made the demand from the plantation sector company owners who attended the meeting.

During the same meeting former state minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage explained the increments made to the salaries of the estate sector workers in the past and said that the attention of the plantation company owners should be drawn to consider the workers' demands. June 25 was fixed for the next meeting as the plantation company owners did not come to a decision on the matter. Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana also participated in the meeting.    

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