Plantation workers increase strike rate in 2010

Labour unrest increased last year in the wake of a rise in plantation-sector related issues, the latest Central Bank annual report states. The private sector reported 15 strikes in 2010, as a result of an increase in the number of strikes in the plantation sector. Total man-days lost also increased to 25,071 in 2010 compared to 7,665 in 2009.

In this respect, the report observed a need for “maintaining better relationships and dialogue among parties at the workplace are important to improve industrial harmony.” An increase in industrial disputes in the plantation sector was the main reason that led to the higher number of strikes in 2010, the report stated.

It also recorded an increase in both the number of man-days lost and number of workers involved in the strikes in the plantation sector. Accordingly, the number of man-days lost in the plantation sector increased to 23,037 in 2010 compared to 300 in 2009 while the total workers involved in the strikes increased to 3,185 in 2010 compared to 300 in 2009.

The increase was mainly observed during the first quarter of the year, which reported 3 strikes involving 804 workers leading to 14,220 losses in man-days. The number of strikes in the rest of the private sector remained at six, similar to that of the previous year. However, both the number of workers involved and the man-days lost by the rest of the private sector decreased substantially in 2010.
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