Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Nuwara Eliya District MP Jeevan Thondaman claimed that estate workers should not get caught up in divisive machinations of plantation companies.
Success can only be easily attained when trade union operations are carried out in coordination and with a single goal,” he said.
MP Thondaman met with the estate workers on 18 September to learn about their position and talk about the upcoming actions that would be made in conjunction during a trade union action at Ambals Hall in Maskeliya.
He continued by claiming that the Maskeliya Plantation Company doesn’t care about the welfare of estate workers who have been taking part in trade union action for their fundamental rights.
“We will also stand by it. Anyone can ask if such a trade union action is needed. The case in connection with Rs 1,000 daily wage for estate workers was pending in Court and we refrained from trade union activities as a result. Judgment in this connection has been granted now. Our requests are fair and reasonable and therefore have been engaging in trade union action. In case we went to the Wage Board the judgment would be in our favour,” according to Thondaman.
There must be unity between estate workers and trade unions. It is our strength. It is not practiced perfectly today so that is our weakness, Thondaman added.
BY Naalir Jamaldeen