Strikers were assaulted by angry public – Cabinet spokesman


By Norman Palihawadane

Co-cabinet spokesman and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera warns trade unionists to go ahead with their agitation at the risk of getting beaten by the general public inconvenienced by endless strikes.

The minister yesterday denied that the government had a hand in goon attacks on the CPC workers during a strike on Wednesday. "It was the general public, inconvenienced by the CPC strike, who assaulted the strikers. We had no hand in those incidents."

The minister said the workers had a right to resort to trade union action.

"But, there should be a limit to that and we do not think that people will approve of the unions abusing the democracy to this level. You witnessed how the people came out with clubs and poles to hit the striking workers while police and security forces were there. We do not know the attackers. Their identities have not been established. What we saw was the mass displeasure against politically motivated unionists. If the unionists put people in trouble then they should also be ready to face the wrath of the people."

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