Kerala planters to roll out wage hike this month

By: | Published: November 18, 2015 12:37 AM

Plantation managements in Kerala have agreed to honour the tripartite wage hike pact signed among the state government, plantations heads and trade unions.

Plantation managements in Kerala have agreed to honour the tripartite wage hike pact signed among the state government, plantations heads and trade unions. Labour unions had been poised to go for agitation, after the Association of Planters in Kerala (APK) on Sunday aired a dissenting note that cash-strapped plantations were in no position to pay the wages spelled out by the agreement signed on October 14.

“The representatives of plantations have been unequivocally told that they will have to pay the wages as per the agreement signed on October-14. As the comments made by planters on the eve of the Plantation Labour Committee (PLC) meeting created an impression of going back on the wage agreement, the only agenda of the current meeting was to ensure that the wage hike happens. Anything else can be discussed only after the confidence of workers is restored,” Kerala labour minister Shibu Baby John said after the PLC meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday evening. The wage hike will come into effect this month itself, the minister said.

Though the workers had demanded R500 as daily wages, it was decided that a tea estate worker would get an average daily wage of R310, a rubber estate worker would get R381, a cardamom estate worker would get R331 and a coffee estate worker would get R301. These were the rates finalised at the agreement signed on October 14. These wages would be effective for the next three years.

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