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Garment Industry TUs call for 70% wage hike similar to Tea Industry! 

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In a dramatic turn of events, the garment industry in Sri Lanka is on the verge of a major upheaval.

Trade unions representing garment workers are set to meet on June 26th, aiming to orchestrate island-wide strikes to demand a substantial 70% wage increase.

This move comes in the wake of a controversial decision by the government to significantly raise wages for tea and rubber workers, igniting widespread dissatisfaction and unrest among garment workers who currently earn a paltry 24,000 LKR per month.

The recent wage hike for tea and rubber workers, raising their daily earnings to 1,700 LKR, has spotlighted the glaring wage disparities across different industries managed by the Wages Board.

Historically one of the highest-paid sectors, the tea and rubber industries have now further widened the gap, leaving garment workers feeling increasingly marginalized and underpaid.

Garment industry workers, who play a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s export economy, are now rallying together, their voices growing louder against what they perceive as an unjust disparity. They argue that if tea estate workers, who often do not complete a full 8-hour work schedule, can receive a 70% wage increase, then they, who contribute significantly more hours, definitely deserve equal compensation.

The trade unions have been quick to mobilize, with preliminary meetings already setting the stage for a potential showdown. The upcoming meeting on June 26th is expected to be a decisive moment, potentially sparking a wave of strikes that could cripple production across the island.

Critics of the government’s decision to raise wages for tea and rubber workers argue that while well-intentioned, it was an impractical move that failed to account for the broader economic implications and was curated by President Ranil Wickremesinghe merely targeting the promise of the estate block vote by the current Minister Jeevan Thondaman.

Now, as the garment industry gears up for action, the potential for economic disruption looms large. The garment sector is a cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s economy, and prolonged strikes could have severe repercussions, both domestically and on the global stage.

As tension mounts, the government’s response will be crucial in determining the outcome of this brewing crisis.

This sets an adverse precedent for the Sri Lankan Economy and paves the way for many more industries coming forward due to this unwanted politically motivated salary gap created with the 70% tea industry salary hike.

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360 out of 400 corruption case files presented by AKD, empty – Ranil

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President Ranil Wickramasinghe has reportedly said that the portrayal of around 400 corruption case files portrayed by National People’s Power leader – Anura Kumara Dissanayake, is merely a ruse.

A news report on the ‘Monara’ newspaper has further said :

Speaking at a recent meeting with a group of lawyers, the President had said that although AKD had portrayed 400 cases, 360 of them were empty.

Noting that cases have been filed with regard to only 40 case files, the President had pointed out that it would have been more apt to portray those 40 casefiles.The President had further commented that he is ready to implement the Anti-Corruption Act and that he is proposing a mechanism to do so.

(Source – Monara)

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UNESCO DG arrives in Colombo

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A delegation led by Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, arrived in Sri Lanka today (July 16).

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NEC authorized to announce Prez polls after midnight today

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The Election Commission will receive the authority to announce the date of the presidential election after midnight tonight.

According to the Chairman of the election commission R.M.A.L. Ratnayake, the date will be revealed before the end of this month.

A special news conference will also be held this morning under his chairmanship.

Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Finance have been summoned to the Election Commission tomorrow.

Chairman of the election commission said that matters such as obtaining funds for the presidential election and other related matters will be discussed with these officials.

He further announced that future activities related to the presidential election are already taking place.

The Ministry of Finance previously announced that Rs. 10 billion had been allocated for the presidential election.

A senior spokesperson of the finance ministry confirmed that funds could be released whenever necessary for election expenses.

(News1st)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by News1st has not been edited by SLM staff)

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