The recent wage negotiations, which lasted more than three months, resulted in a 40% increase in the base salary to 700 rupees. However, the wage model has undergone a change, removing incentives for attendance and productivity. While two out of three unions signed the agreement, the third signatory of the collective agreement did not sign in protest against the abolition of incentives. Collective agreements most often apply for a period of two years, sometimes three and sometimes one. Before the agreement expires, the union and the employer will enter into negotiations for a renewal agreement. The Director General of the Ceylon Employers` Organisation, Ravi Peiris, commented on the agreement as follows: “We are delighted that CESU has returned to the negotiating table to renegotiate the collective agreement. The agreement offers a win-win solution to the needs of workers and regional plantations. Employees of several staffs, including CEOs of Strathspey, Brunswick, Moray, Laxapana, Brownlow, Glentilt, Mousakelle, Glenugie Estates, office workers, field workers, drivers, estate doctors, social workers, industry agents and tea plantation workers joined the strike. However, your company may also be subject to the rules of a collective agreement if you have acquired activities and workers covered by a collective agreement as part of a merger or takeover and if you have not taken advantage of the possibility of waiving the collective agreement under the Danish Workers` Rights Act in the event of a Business Transfer Act. The rate of more kilos has also been increased to the rule 40 for each kilo harvested above the lawyer`s estate standard of 28.75. However, the Planters Association (PA) claimed that further wage increases would not be sustainable, as the wage model would need to be reviewed. While a collective agreement is in force, it can only be amended by mutual voluntary agreement.
A change in the duration of the contract must be approved by the labour agency. Source – www.ft.lk/top-story/RPCs-call-for-new-wage-model-for-estate-workers/26-673117?fbclid=IwAR0m9hzGP0PevKP5yUOGLzc3xRqwBkX67AhqM4UIqYFmaO9_1g4QOOjsnxQ law firm NJORD provides legal advice related to all challenges related to collective agreements. We can make sure your company is aware of the rules of the collective agreement in question. In addition, we advise and support the following questions: As a general rule, the negotiation of the first collective agreement takes up to six months. Negotiations on extension agreements will also take a few months, but while they are being negotiated, the old agreement will remain in force. “When we signed the collective agreement on the new wages, we informed all parties involved, including the Minister of Plantations and the Minister of Labour, both of whom were present at the meeting, that we wanted to commit to a new wage model. We will start discussing the issue in a few months,” Lalith Obeyesekere, secretary general of the Planters Association, told the Daily FT. * Striking Tea Estate employees demand salary review Di, November 26, 2019, 16:30 SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
26 November, Colombo: Employees of eight tea plantations in Maskeliya protested today (26) at the Mousakelle junction to demand a revision of their salaries. At NJORD Law Firm, we have extensive experience in providing legal advice in relation to collective agreements. . . .