Sri Lankan Labour Department Commissioner General Prabath Chandrakeerth has said that employers are liable for penalty if they fail to pay minimum daily wage of Rs 1000 to plantation workers.
He said an extraordinary gazette notification in this regard was was published on march 10 after the wage structure was approved by the subject Minister. Legal action will be taken in accordance with Wages Board Act, he said. Accordingly, employers could face a hefty fine or up to six months in prison or both, the Commissioner General said. The plantation workers’ daily wage of Rs.1,000 which includes a payment of Rs. 900 and a budgetary allowance of Rs. 100 per day was approved by the Wages Board at the meeting held on February 8, he added.
In January 2021, Sri Lankan government decided to implement the minimum daily wage of 1,000 rupees for plantation workers through the Wages Boards. The Sri Lankan government said that raising the daily wages of plantation workers to Rs. 1000 was a promise of the present government and therefore, it should be implemented immediately and the President had agreed to it.