Private sector workers to protest demanding pay hike

by Dasun Edirisinghe

JVP–led private sector trade unions would protest on Friday (23) opposite the Fort Railway Station demanding an immediate pay hike.

President of the Inter Company Employees’ Union Wasantha Samarasinghe said that budget 2013 did not give anything to the private sector employees.

He said that the private sector contribution to the national production was 95 per cent but it did not gst any relief in the budget.

"Our protest will force the government to add an amendment to the budget," Samarasinghe said.

The former JVP MP said that there was no proper mechanism to increase private sector salaries.

Sometimes, Samarasinghe said, the government insists they have no right to intervene in private sector salaries.

However, as a responsible government, they cannot avoid private sector problems," he said.

"We have been waiting for a solution to the private sector employees’ salary problem for a long time without resorting to trade union action. Now, we will have to consider that option after our Friday’s protest, Samarasinghe said.

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