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Cabinet approves to take continued steps to increase daily wage of estate workers

The Cabinet of Ministers had yesterday approved to take necessary steps to increase the daily wage of estate workers to Rs. 1,000 across wages control boards in compliance with the Budget proposal, the Government Information Department said.

It said the estate sector employees are currently eligible for a daily wage of Rs.750 including a fixed price allowance of Rs. 50 and another allowance named over kilo rate if the fixed weight of kilograms exceeds in relation to the productivity.

A budget proposal presented to the Parliament in November 2020 suggested a daily wage of Rs. 1,000 for the estate sector.

“Although several rounds of discussions were held with the parties who had signed the “Estate Employee Salaries Collective Agreement 2019-2021”, the Ceylon Employers’ Association representing the estate owners’ association had proposed to increase the daily wage to Rs. 920.

“Following this, the Minister of Labour presented a proposal to the Cabinet to take necessary steps to escalate the daily wage of estate workers to Rs. 1,000,” it said.