Business and Economics
RPCs to increase monthly earnings to Rs. 25,000 with productivity link, unions yet to agree

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon issued a statement clarifying its position on stalled negotiations that commenced on the directive of the Government on January 14 2020.

In deference to this presidential directive, CEOs and other officials representing the 21 Regional Plantation Companies (RPC) met with various different stakeholders including Government officials and Trade Union leaders on 17 separate occasions with a view to reaching a compromise on wages.

Throughout, the RPCs had maintained that a feasible compromise to deliver the demand of a monthly wage of Rs. 25,000, without pushing the dangerously escalating cost of production and gratuity payments, any higher, should be the priority.

Multiple alternative wage models capable of enhancing earning capacity have been proposed and tested on a pilot basis by RPCs with great success.
Velona Cuddles Wins Big at SLT Zero One Awards

Velona Cuddles, the leading Diaper brand in Sri Lanka, won the ‘Best use of Mobile Award’ in the retail sector at the recently concluded SLT Zero One Awards. In addition, Velona Cuddles also won the 1st runner-up award for the ‘Best Website / Microsite’ in the retail sector. Organized by the leading digital service provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), SLT Zero One awards was held on 4th March at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. The awards ceremony was aimed at recognizing and appreciating institutions and individuals, as well as brands in their quest for excellence in the field of digital media.

The Best use of Mobile award was awarded to Velona Cuddles for their innovative first-ever diaper subscription app in Sri Lanka. While a new parent provides a baby with undivided care, the flexibility to step out to get some of the required essentials may be hindered.

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Tour guides call on Govt to ban inbound travel

The Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (TGL), called on the Government to ban all inbound travel in response to the spread of the Coronavirus.

Speaking to the media at a special press conference at the Tour Guide Lecturers building in Colombo 10, the Directors were of the view that ‘long term damage’ to the industry could worsen if the Airports and Ports were kept open for tourists to enter. “We are calling for swift action from the Government and prefer to have ‘Tourists locked down to Sri Lanka for two months.”

Managing Director Naturalist Birding Sri Lanka Chandima Jayaweera, said the recent confirmed case of a Sri Lankan national was a tour guide. The guide had received the virus from an Italian tourist on holiday in February.

The tour guide had passed the virus to his colleague, while being boarded in the same dormitory.

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