JVP unions stage salary hike demand protest today

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The National Trade Union Centre (NTUC), the umbrella organisation of over 300 trade unions, will hold a protest opposite the Fort Railway Station demanding an immediate pay hike for both public and private sector employees.

The protest which is scheduled to start at 4.00 pm, would see the participation of public and private sector workers from country wide.

NTUC President K. D. Lalkantha told The Island that they would demand an increase of Rs. 10,000 for the public sector and a 40 per cent hike for the private sector.

"We decided to stage a massive protest as government is silent on our demand for a long time," he said.

According to their information, Lalkantha said, there was no sign of salaries being increased by the budget which would be presented in the house on Nov. 21.

The former JVP MP said that the government was still to honour President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s promise of increasing public sector salaries by Rs.2500 in the run up to the 2010 president poll against opposition candidate’s offer of Rs.10,000 salary increment.

The NTUC launched poster campaign as the first step of their agitation and delivered two million leaflets country wide in the second step, Lalkantha said.

"This is the third step of our agitation before crippling the public and private sectors if the government continues the silence," he said.

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