Sri Lanka trade unions campaign to win a viable pension scheme for the private sector

June 07, Colombo: Trade unions in Sri Lanka have commenced a campaign to win a proper pension scheme for the private sector employees.

Several trade unions have commenced preparing proposals to be included in a pension scheme for the private sector.

The private sector trade union wing affiliated to the Marxist JVP, the Inter Company Employees’ Union (ICEU) has commenced the preparation of proposals for the new pension scheme.

ICEU head, Wasantha Samarasinghe told ColomboPage that a leaflet distribution campaign would also be launched to create awareness among the people about the need for a private sector pension scheme and to get their support for a proper one.

He said that series of seminars would also be organized by the union.

The Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) has said it would appoint a three-member committee to prepare the proposals for a pension scheme that is viable and beneficial to the private sector worker.

Meanwhile, the JTUA and Free Trade Zone Workers Union (FTZWU) have said the unions would present several conditions to the government that need to be adhered to bring normalcy to the free trade zones (FTZs).

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