(2011), "Tea Up!", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 60 No. 8. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm.2011.07960haa.006
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Labour productivity on Sri Lankan tea estates has to be improved if regional plantations companies are to survive and afford wage rises in future, industry officials said. Lalith Obeysekere, chairman of the Planters’ Association which represents regional tea plantations companies, said the island’s tea estates had higher production costs and lower yields than those of competitors.
The recent wage increase given in a new two-year collective agreement between the RPCs and estate labour unions will raise costs even further, he told a news conference.
“Our labour wages are very high and if we do not increase productivity we do not have a bright future,” said Roshan Rajadurai, deputy chairman of the PA.