Thursday, November 05, 2009

Trade unions flex muscles, warn Goverment

By Hemanthi Guruge - Eight trade unions representing workers in the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the Water Supply and Drainage Board, the Ceylon Electricity Board and the Colombo Port have written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging a salary increase for the workers, which if not given, a continuous trade union action would be launched.

The unions are those affiliated to both the main Opposition UNP and the JVP.

Combined unions spokesman Ranjan Jayalal told the Daily Mirror that although the President had promised to increase salaries of public servants next year, it is not certain if the increase would apply to workers in corporations and statutory boards.

He said that the President had not mentioned a salary increase for the CPC, the CEB, the Water Supply Board and Port employees, during a recent speech where he promised a pay hike for public servants.

“Our salary increases are made once in three years,” he said.

Copies of the letter have been sent to the Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Resources, Minister of Power and Energy, Minister of Ports and Aviation and Minister of Water Supply and Drainage.

The unions have decided to launch a work-to-rule campaign from November 11 until the Government meets their demand for a salary increase, he said. He said that members of the trade unions in the petroleum, water, electricity and port sector would not work overtime and undertake any additional work during the work-to-rule campaign.

He said that the unions had decided to go for trade union action because of the failure of the Government to increase their salaries. He added discussions have already been held with the relevant subject ministers on a salary increase but the Government has so far failed to take any action.

(Photo courtesy: lankaenews)

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