SLTB unions bury political differences to fight for their common goals

By Dasun Edirisinghe

All trade unions of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) would meet in Colombo today to form a common front to fight for their grievances and protect the SLTB, General Secretary of the All Ceylon Transport Workers Union Sepala Liyanage said.

He said that leaders of all trade unions in the SLTB had already agreed to form a common alliance and they would officially meet today at the auditorium of SLTB head office in Narahenpita.

SLFP led Sri Lanka Nidahas National Transport Workers Union and Sri Lanka Nidahas Transport Workers Union, UNP-led Jathika Prawahana Sewaka Samithiya, JVP-led All Ceylon Transport Workers Union, Lanka Gamanagamana Sevaka Sangamaya attached to the Communist Party, All Ceylon Motor Workers Union attached to the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna and All Ceylon United Motor Workers Union attached to the Lanka Sama Samaja Party would participate at today’s discussion, Liyanage said.

"Get together of all trade unions was a long felt need and finally all of us agreed on a common platform," he said.

Liyanage said that conversion of the SLTB into a department, banking of the due ETF and EPF payments of the SLTB workers, restoring of the SLTB EPF account again to the SLTB head office from the Treasury, curtailing of funds to the SLTB from Treasury, special scheme scheduled to be introduced by the new government to retire SLTB workers and several issues of employees would be discussed at today’s discussion.

"All successive governments during the past few decades cheated us, but they cannot do the same in the future as all of us have got together disregarding political differences," Liyanage added

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