* Sri Lanka Marxist party trade unions to decide on aggressive campaign …

Feb 19, Colombo: The National Trade Union Center (NTUC) affiliated to Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has called for meeting with trade unions on Wednesday (22) to decide on an aggressive campaign against the rising cost of living.

NTUC Head and JVP politburo member K.D. Lalkantha told ColomboPage that the meeting would be held on the 22nd afternoon at the NTUC head office in Battaramulla following a protest campaign that would commence on Tuesday (21).

Lalkantha said that a series of protests will be held at public and private sector institutions from the 21st against the fuel price hike and the resultant increase in the cost of living.

“Protests have been planned outside the Colombo National Hospital, Kalubowila Hospital, Government Printers’ Department, Water Board and many others. These protests will be held continuously throughout the week from the 21st,” he noted.

Lalkantha observed that the NTUC has convened a meeting on the 22nd and has called on trade unions representing various sectors including agriculture and fisheries to join forces to demand the government to address the issue of the rising cost of living.

“We demand that the government reduce fuel, electricity and transport costs and minimize the cost of living,” he said.

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