The JVP affiliated All Ceylon Estate Workers’ Union (ACEWU) has said the new collective agreement on wages was unacceptable and accused several trade unions of betraying the estate workers’ battle to win a decent salary increase.
ACEWU head, Ramalingam Chandrasekar says that the new collective agreement signed between several estate sector trade unions and the employers was not beneficial to the estate workers.
He observes that the agreement has resulted in the increase of an estate workers’ daily wage from Rs. 235 to Rs. 380.
He points out that the estate workers were fighting for a Rs. 750 daily wage and that several trade unions have betrayed the workers.
Chandrasekar charges that the trade unions that have signed the collective agreement had only considered the plight of the employers and not the hard working estate workers.
The ACEWU has called on the estate workers to join the union to win a decent salary hike.