Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trade union action on salary issue: CWBTUC warns

By Hemanthi Guruge - The Combined Water Board Trade Unions Committee (CWBTUC) affiliated to the JVP threatened that trade union action would be taken as the government had failed to increase the salaries of the workers for the past three years, the Convener of the Union Upali Ratnayaka said.

He told the Daily Mirror that they did not get their salary increase since 2006 and they would be compelled to go on an islandwide strike if the government fails to increase their salaries within the month.

The salaries of water board employees are increased once in three years and the last increment was given in 2006. The next salary hike was to be given this year, but so far the management had failed to take any action in this regard.

“We demonstrated in front of the Deputy General Manager’s office (DGM) in Kandy, followed by similar protests in front of the DGM offices in Anuradhapura and Matara,” he said.

Minister of Water Supply and Drainage A.L.M. Athaulla said there would be no pay hike for the Water Board employees for the year 2009. The reasons the minister gave was that it’s up to the cabinet to decide on this matter, the convener said.

© Daily Mirror

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