CEB unions give ministry another chance

Next strike will be disastrous


By Ifham Nizam

Ceylon Electricity Board Trade Unions numbering 60 barring the CEB Engineers’ Union, yesterday said that they would give the Power and Energy Ministry another chance to settle their dues.

CEB Joint Trade Alliance Convener Ananda Nimalaratne told The Island yesterday said that the government could not keep on ignoring their demands.

"Our salary arrears must be rectified. If they can’t clear the 10-month arrears in one go, they could do so in installments. By not meeting our demands they are forcing us to step up our trade union action," he said.

He said that it was unfortunate that some officials had resorted to what he called schoolboy tactics to settle disputes with a powerful trade union.

"President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a renowned trade unionist; he fought for the rights of the workers. I don’t think a leader of his calibre would drag his feet on such issues," he said.

Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya General Secretary Ranjan Jayalal said that if the government did not provide solutions to the several problems faced by the workers of the CEB, within the next few days, they would be compelled to launch a strike.

Jayalal described Wednesday’s (3) token strike as a great success adding that if the workers resorted to a full-scale strike it would have a disastrous impact on the country.

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