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(R) Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Dr. W. A. Wijewardena arriving at the Special Presidential Commission investigating the alleged bond scams yesterday to testify for the second day. (L) Former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran on his way to the Commission. (Pics by Nimal Dayaratne)

Move to tax EPF: Key TU flays govt.


Free Trade Zone and General Services Employees Union yesterday urged like minded groups and the Opposition to campaign against ongoing moves to impose unprecedented 28 per cent tax on the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

The grouping’s joint secretary Asela Dharmapriya told The Island that the EPF issue would be taken up at its May Day rally at Sathosa vehicle yard, D.R. Wijewardene road.

Dharmapriya said trade unions should work in unison to thwart what he called a yahapalana project to steal monies belonging to private sector workers. The trade union activist said the move to impose a staggering 14 per cent tax on EPF income and 14 per cent withholding tax wasn’t acceptable to workers.


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