‘Nattamis’ demand wage hike
BY THAMEENAH RAZEEK
Labourers from Pettah, popularly known as ‘Nattamis,’ took to the streets yesterday, claiming that they are unable to meet their living expenses. The labourers have been ‘out of work’ since yesterday (22) morning, requesting that the wage for transporting goods be increased.
The employees of Pettah’s Fifth Cross Street were spotted protesting, claiming that the pay for goods transportation should be increased to Rs15. The labourers demanded Rs15 for loading and unloading products, which is an increase from the regular price of Rs6, 7, or 8.
They claimed that it had gotten to the point that it was difficult for people to eat and drink from the payments currently received. They were asking for a payment of Rs250 for lunch, which they claimed was fair. They have also indicated that they will not resume work unless Rs15 for loading and unloading is paid.