The Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC) this week clarified some media reports of wages of plantation workers being further revised.
It said in a statement, "the EFC wishes to reiterate that there should not be any arbitrary intervention in respect of private sector wages as that would be counter productive to the sustainability of enterprises and more importantly collective bargaining in Sri Lanka."
The media reports said that plantation workers wages would be further revised upwardly to Rs 500.
The EFC emphasised that the Plantation Workers Collective Agreement was signed in September 2009 granting a daily wage package of Rs 405 which in fact ensures a wage package of Rs 10,125 per month to a plantation worker.
This agreement will be effective for a period of two years up to March 31, 2011. All the Regional Plantation Companies agreed to this wage package through the Collective Agreement with much difficulty with the hope of there being an increase in productivity through the production incentive which was introduced for the first time through the Collective Agreement.
"We have been informed that the production incentive has been very well received by the workers and there have been positive results in relation to productivity in some of the companies," the statement said.