Estate workers launched trade union action demanding a daily wage of Rs. 1,000 which plantation companies have so far refused to agree to owing to the losses they incur due to the rise in cost of production and the drastic drop in tea and rubber prices.
Secretary General, Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA), Malin Goonetileke said there were acts of disruption and violence in certain estates. He said tea leaves were dumped in the bungalow of the manager of the Hapugastenne Estate in Ratnapura and items in his sitting room were damaged. “A large number of up and low country factories have been closed,” Goonetileke said. Trade Union officials said they will continue the campaign till the demand is met.