Tuesday, October 06, 2009

CPC workers stage protest demanding pay hike

By Hemanthi Guruge - More than one thousand Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers yesterday staged a protest demanding a pay hike and the interim allowance of Rs 5000 promised by the Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Minister A.H.M. Fowzie in front of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation at Kolonnawa.

An activist of the Ekabaddha Podu Sevaka Sangamaya D. J. Rajakaruna said that institutions such as Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) salary increase is made once in every three year and the salary increase due this year is yet to be given. He said the last salary increase was given in 2006.

He added that the Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Minister had submitted a Cabinet memorandum to get approval of the salary increase, but the cabinet in turn has sent it to the Salaries and Cardre Commission to get further approval. The decision of the Salaries and Cardre Commission has not been given yet, he said.

“The Minister agreed to pay Rs 5000 as interim allowance pending increase of salaries at the end of this month but it was rejected by the CPC board” he said. Rajakaruna added that they have already sent letters to the subject Minister and they would be compelled to take trade union action unless their demands are met.

The Executive Officers Union, All Ceylon Petroleum Workers Union, Petroleum Industrial Union, Ceylon Petroleum Common Services Union and Jathika Seva Sangamaya took part in the protest.

© Daily Mirror

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