Trade union coalition wants employees taken on contract confirmed in service

Not just those who completed seven years

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

 The Trade Union Coalition for a Just Society (TUCJS) yesterday urged the government to provide permanent employment to all those recruited from man power agencies on contract basis.

 Convenor of the TUCJS, Saman Ratnapriya said that some state institutions had recruited workers on contract basis. The government should make permanent those who had completed 180 days of service and those who had required educational qualifications, he added.

Giving permanent appointments to those who had completed seven years of service as announced in the new budget alone was inadequate, he said.

The Convenor of the TUCIS said that they welcomed the relief provided through the budget. However, he said that those temporary employees from manpower agencies needed to be made permanent without delay. The ILO and the trade unions in Sri Lanka were against those manpower agencies as they violated human rights and they should be done away with, he said. "These agencies only promoted slavery," he said.

 Ratnapriya said that his outfit hoped to discuss the matter with the relevant government authorities within the next few days.

 Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that it had conducted interviews and made permanent 127 health service assistants who had been recruited to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital during the war.

 They had been recruited to the permanent staff following discussions between Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Sri Lanka Janaraja Saukya Seva Sangamaya, the ministry said.

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