POPULATION

Entire population of indian origin upcountry tamil people is currently estimated as 1.5 millian. out of this .75 millian people live outside tea estates and elswhere in the country.only 50% of the people live and work at tea estates and this containes of 3800 families.in 1950 ,six decades ago 90% of above population lived and dependants of tea estates . because of lower wage and poor living conditions people are try to find works outside tea estats and distracted from tea industry.if this tendancy continues in for another five decades there going to be hardley any single workers family going to be left inside in a tea estate.

a tea estate with dwelings

a tea estate with dwelings

it is so cold

it is so cold
there is no way out

sun set pictures near galle

sun set pictures near galle

perspective

perspective
imbulpitiya tea estate near nawalapitiya from the distance

new developments

new developments
after 1972when the parliament passed land ceiling act the hill country border plantations were divided into small portions given to sinhala peasants colonnialising the plantation districts.

workers children.....it is difficult to smile

workers children.....it is difficult to smile

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Its good to send a e-mail about upcountry workers

The public hearing by the US State Department on alleged violations of labour rights in Sri Lanka will be held in Washington on Tuesday where statements from representatives of the Sri Lankan government and Trade Unions would be recorded, government sources said yesterday
Free Trade Zone Workers Union (FTZWU) President Anton Marcus who complained to the State Department said he would also be testifying at the inquiry.

Labour Ministry Secretary Mahinda Madihahewa said a six-member team comprising Commerce Director General Gomis Senadheera Deputy Director Gothami Indikadahewa External Affairs Ministry Acting DG Varuni Muthukumarana Labour Ministry Senior Legal Advisor Poshitha Perera External Affairs Ministry Assistant Director R.P.Wimalasena Labour Ministry Senior Assistant Secretary U.S. Athukorala would represent Sri Lanka at the public hearing.

Mr. Madihahewa said the government team left for US early last morning. Sri Lanka Nidahas Sewaka Sangamaya President Lesley Devendra will represent government sector trade unions.

The State Department had initiated action against Sri Lanka based on a petition to America Free Labour Council of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) by the FTZWU. The matter has serious implications since it could put the United States GSP concessions to Sri Lanka in jeopardy.

A three-member US trade representative delegation visited Sri Lanka in August on a fact finding mission to collect information on Sri Lanka`s alleged labour rights violations and submitted a report to the State Department. The US team discussed the issue with officials of the Labour, Trade and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and the FTZWU.

Mr. Marcus said the complaint deals with the serious and deliberate violation of labour rights by the government with a special mention on the blockade for collective bargaining and right to association within the Free Trade Zone in particular.

The complaint has reportedly highlighted the collapsed trade union action by teachers and port employees after the Supreme Court dismissed the FR petition filed by them.

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