Laborers in Pettah locally known as Nattamis have commenced a protest.
Noting that they are unable to bear the Cost of Living, they are demanding for an increase in the compensation granted to transport goods.
The laborers were demanding for Rs. 15 to be given for them to load and unload goods, which is an increase from the usual amount of Rs. 6, 7 or 8.
Pointing out that the compensation for loading and unloading goods had been the same since 1989, the laborers stated that it is difficult to raise children and families with the current payment.