Government plans to take action against the estate sector employers who avoid passing the benefit of the Rs.2, 500/- salary increase which was made compulsory earlier this year.
According to the Minister of Labour Relations and Trade Union John Senevirathne, the term of the two-year collective agreements signed by the estate management and the Estate Trade Unions to make salary increments expired on 31st March 2015. Since then it has not been renewed for next two years. Therefore, the budget proposal for Rs.2, 500 salary increment should be implemented under two steps as effective from 1st May 2015.
As the first step Rs.1, 500 should be added to the employee’s salary as effective from 1st May 2015. The second step will add the balance of Rs.1, 000 effective from the 1st January 2016.