Sri Lanka Trade unions to continue with protests against the proposed private sector pension scheme

May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Trade unions have said the protest campaigns planned against the proposed private sector pension scheme would continue albeit the government’s decision not to present the piece of legislation to parliament next week.

The government initially planned on presenting the amended private sector pension bill to the parliament on the 24th.

The trade unions claim that action would be taken to prevent the government from establishing the pension scheme, as it was not being mooted with the aim of providing relief to the working masses.

The Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) has announced that they would continue its union action including walk outs and protests next Tuesday (24).

The Alliance has also collected about 100,000 signatures for a petition, launched opposing the bill.

The Free Trade Zone Union Workers (FTZUW) Joint Secretary Anton Marcus has said they would hold a protest campaign followed by a demonstration in front of the Fort Railway Station on the 24th.

Meanwhile, the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated Inter Company Employees Union (ICEU) has said that it had targeted to collect close to 300,000 signatures for its petition and it is now nearing the goal.

ICEU Head Wasantha Samarasinghe says the JTUA would proceed with its protest campaign after looking at the government’s response to the Bill next week.

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