The New Plantation Workers Congress (NPWC) has been founded by Deputy Minister of Health Vadivel Suresh to fill the need for an alternate Trade Union and Political Front at National level in the plantations, Political sources from the plantations said yesterday.
This major move comes in the backdrop of the CWC quitting the ruling coalition government.
Contacted by The Island yesterday the Leader of the NPWC and Deputy Minister Vadivel Suresh, yesterday confirmed this and said that he would pledge to remain steadfast upto his last with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and strengthen the Trade Union cum Political Party into a major force in the plantations and to meet the socio ?economic needs of the plantation youth and the welfare of their families.
`We founded this alternate front after much discussion and deliberations were held with intellectuals , academics, Teachers, Traders, Trade Union and Political leaders from the plantation sector.`
`We are based in Badulla for the present and already more than 15,000 plantation workers almost 50% of the 31,874 workers in Badulla have become members during the last few days and `We believe this is a major victory for us.`
We have already opened branch offices in Haputale, Bandarawela, Ballekattuwa, Passara, Lunugala, Madulsima and Welimada nearly 6,000 youths have joined us and we hope to be a major force among the plantation youth who have been meted step motherly treatment by politicians from the plantations in the past and even today.`
`We are providing identity cards even for those plantation youth who are employed in Colombo and other areas in the south ,providing them Vocational Training and facilities to develop their skills .
`We hope to have the inaugural National convention on a grand scale at Badulla in December and plantation leaders in Sabragamuwa, Central Province, Galle, Matara, Deniyaya, Kaluthara, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Moneragala and Avisawella have come forward to support us wholeheartedly and advice and play an active role in our progress.
`I have had much discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa with whom we plantation people have placed our faith as we are certain that he is always concerned about the welfare and upliftment of the plantation people, especially the plantation youth, the younger generation.`