BIA strike: Deputy Minister tells colleague he should have listened to SLFP union

By Saman Indrajith

Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne has requested Civil Aviation Minister Piyankara Jayaratne to ensure that those attached to all statutory boards coming under his purview was equally treated to avoid recurrence of situations such as the recent wildcat strike at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

The request was made in Parliament on Friday.

Deputy Minister Gunaratne said that Minister Jayaratne should have heeded the pleas of SLFP union at the BIA. "They are our party supporters. The minister should listen to them, too," Deputy Minister Gunaratne stressed.

The Deputy Minister alleged that some top officials had caused chaos by failing to adhere to the directives given to respective ministers.

Participating in the committee stage debate on Budget 2015 under the expenditure heads of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Deputy Minister, who is also a former deputy minister of Civil Aviation, alleged that high-handed actions of some officials had led to the BIA strike. "Those officials do not even listen to their ministers and act in an arbitrary manner. If all employees had been treated equally the government would not have been embarrassed."

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