EPZ TUs to take legal action against police attack

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Trade Unions of the Katunayake Export Processing Zone are getting set to file a Fundamental Rights case against Monday’s police attack on their protest against the proposed Private Sector Pension Scheme (PSPS).

President of the Inter Company Employees Union (ICEU) Wasantha Samarasinghe told The Island that police fired live bullets at their peaceful protest and their lawyers would file a case shortly.

He said that over 200 employees of the Katunayake EPZ were hospitalized after the attack and were warded at the Ragama, Negombo and Seeduwa hospitals.

"Two of them are in critical condition," Samarasinghe said.

He said that around 1,000 employees were injured in the attack by police.

Samarasinghe said that employees started protesting when several politicians went to the EPZ to speak to them about the proposed PSPS.

Over a dozen police personnel, including DIG Ravi Wijegoonewardene, were also injured in the clash.

The police alleged that they had no option but to use force after hundreds of garment workers targeted the Katunayake police station demanding that the government abandon its controversial PSPS.

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