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Mangala intervenes to provide interim relief for estate workers

A special allowance of Rs.50 is to be paid from 1st of April 2019 for a year for the plantation sector workers, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. 

"Within this year, a total reform and restructuring program will be carried out. Better working conditions and making the workers stakeholders of the industry is a must", Samaraweera said in a tweet. 

Sri Lanka has an estimated 140,000 plantation sector workers. The Rs.50 per worker allowance would be in addition to the recently agreed total daily wage of Rs.750, which includes a Rs.700 basic daily wage. 

The latest wage agreement was formalised between the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) and several plantation worker trade unions, in January.

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