After almost 200 years since their arrival in Sri Lanka from India, tea plantation workers still today don't have the same rights and privileges as other citizens of the country. Despite a guaranteed wage system and the provision of housing, conditions on the plantations still make workers among the most marginalized and impoverished segments of the country's population.
Their hard work benefits plantation owners, the country and the trade balance, while workers remain mired in poverty.
Frustrated with their stagnant wages and the constant increase in the cost of living, protests have proliferated in different regions of the country to demand a fair salary, and tens of thousands of plantation workers across the country have joined in the fight for a salary of 1.000 rupees.
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