A survey carried out by The Island
in the Plantation Sector in the kelani Valley District and
other hill country plantations, workers have voted for Premier
Mahinda Rajapakse defying the appeal of the Ceylon Workers
Congress and Chandrasekeran. Prior to the Presidential election,
it is reliably understood that many members of the CWC and UPWF,
have crossed over to Pro UPFA Trade Unions, disappointed over
the utterances of the two sectors.
An estate worker who wishes to remain
annonymous told the correspondent, that many benefits which they
enjoy now was the out-come of former President Chandrika’s and
PA and UPFA Governments, constitutioning the Estate
Infrastructures Ministry through which several shining proposals
were implemented for the benefit of estate workers.
In the Ruwanwella, Yatiyantota,
Deraniyagala and Galigamuwa electorates estate workers, it is
reliably learnt voted for Premier Mahinda Rajapakse, on an
appeal made by Aziz Democratic Workers Congress President
Ashruff Aziz, coupled with appeals by Minister Athauda
Seniviratne and Deputy Ministers Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and
Attorney-at-law H. R. Mitrapala, who are also UPFA MPs for the
ADWC President Ashruff Aziz told the
correspondent that many workers in estates who were members of
the pro UNP Trade Unions have rejected these unions and are now
joining pro UPFA Plantation Trade Unions, including the ADWC.
Aziz also said, that he was confident of Mr.
Rajapakse’s victory from the overwhelming support he received
from plantation workers. He said that the future of UPFA is
stabilised and no force can topple the Governmet of President