Power sector trade union in Sri Lanka minimizes salary hike demand to 30 percent

Jan 22, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to the power sector in Sri Lanka says the union would continue to demand for a raise higher than the government proposed salary increment of 25 percent.

The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated trade union, Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya says the union would demand a 30 percent salary hike and would continue to agitate till it’s won.

The union initially demanded a 45 percent salary hike.

Head of the Union, Ranjan Jayalal says the union is to meet and decide tomorrow (23) on the action to be taken to win the 30 percent salary hike demand.

He has noted that the union would not reduce its demand from 30 percent and would continue with its agitation campaign.

The government last week decided to grant a 25 percent salary hike to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) employees.

According to Jayalal, the Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya would not accept the 25 percent salary hike granted by the government although some trade unions have agreed to it.

Government Spokesperson and Media Minister of Sri Lanka Keheliya Rambukwella last week said the government would not increase the salaries any further as it would burden the public.

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