For over 200 years most of the estate sector community have lived as laborers without ownership to land or to a house of their own. Although they have contributed greatly to the nation, by propelling the tea industry, they are not entitled to the most basic of human rights, which is an indication of the unjust policies of estate owners. Although a significant number of women are also working in estates, nothing has been done to ensure their safety.
It is also obvious that the rulers want this community to remain the same, for narrow economic reasons. Although some estate sector workers have realized that the estate owners and some of their 'leaders' don't want their lives to improve, they are helpless to do anything about it.
As human beings, we can't allow this injustice to continue to another generation. We demand the government to treat us as human beings, as citizens of this country who are entitled to the rights guaranteed by the constitution.
We would like to invite all estate sector workers to join us on this May Day. We also invite farmers, fisher folk and all others of the working class to join us and make us stronger.
Let's unite to secure a dignified life on this international workers day
May 07, 2018 - Matale