Around 140 workers at the Tri Star Apparel Exports garment factory in Sri Lanka have staged a protest over unpaid wages and a number of problems including delayed salaries, unpaid gratuity to retired workers, company’s failure to contribute to social security fund as required by law, and other.
Commerce and Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) members and workers at the factory went on a strike when the wages for the month of October 2016 that were supposed to be paid on 10th November, were not paid till 18th November. This forced the management to pay 30 per cent of the due wages. Furthermore, the management suspended both Branch Union President and Chief Organizer based on the charges of organizing the strike.
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Outraged and desperate workers are now demanding immediate payment of pending wages and immediate remittance of the outstanding state social security funds, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees’ Trust Fund (ETF) to the central bank, not being transferred since 2006, and reinstatement of suspended trade union office bearers and organizers. Workers also raised these issues with the State Labour Department. CIWU will appeal to labour tribunal and demand reinstatement of the suspended unionists.