The mass rally of the plantation workers

2018 May Day-2018/05/06


Let's unite to ensure the right to land, housing and livelihood of the plantation community

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.

Our main demands are

  1. Ensure land rights of the estate sector community
  2. Stop the stripping of assets of SLSPC/JEDB and Elkaduwa plantations
  3. Stop the sale of estates near the Knuckles range
  4. Increase the minimum daily wage of an estate sector worker to Rs 1000
  5. Pay the hitherto unpaid EPF/ETF and overtime payments of estate sector workers
  6. Guarantee that funds allocated to local councils are deployed to develop estates
  7. Transform plantation housing lands into a village and administer them in a similar manner
  8. Ensure the rights of the estate sector communities through the new constitution
  9. Not using toxic agro-chemicals in tea plantations
  10. Eradicate malnutrition in the estate sector
  11. Enforce health and safety regulations in factories attached to estates
  12. Equitable distribution of health and educational facilities
  13. Eradicate the drug menace which is spreading in the estates
  14. Enforce an environmental friendly national policy regarding estates that assists all people
  15. Let's unite to secure a dignified life on this international workers day
    May 07, 2018 - Matale

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