Sri Lankan plantation workers facing new crisis: ‘Increase in daily wages, decrease in working days’

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Following the increase in wages by 1,000 rupees, daily working hours in the plantation industry have increased, and working days have leapt down, Sri Lankan MP Vadivel Suresh has alleged.

Badulla district MP Vadivel Suresh said that the plantation companies had ignored the unions demand of a minimum of 25 working days, and various interests of the workers were being taken away.

At present, most plantations provide work only for 12 days a month, so the workers receive only 12,000 rupees (1000 rupees daily) per month. However, earlier, 700 rupees were paid daily, and they were allowed to work for 30 days, he further said.

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