Trade unions of Sri Lanka petroleum sector agree to government proposed pay hike

Jan 13, Colombo: The trade unions of Sri Lanka’s petroleum sector have agreed to the revised salary increase announced by the government yesterday, the state-run radio reported.

The trade union representatives of the Sri Lanka Petroleum Corporation and Sri Lanka Petroleum Storage Terminal Company Limited have agreed to the pay hike during a special meeting the union leaders had with the Chairmen of the two institutions and the Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayantha today.

The Minister has pointed out that the employees of the two petroleum sector institutions will entertain 25 percent to 35 percent increase by the government’s proposed salary revision.

During today’s meeting the authorities have also agreed to rectify the salary anomalies of the employees of these.

The government said Thursday that Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) employees will be given a salary increase of 32 percent which includes a 18 percent pay hike in basic salary and a monthly incentive payment of Rs. 2,500.

However, the trade unions affiliated to the three institutions rejected the government offer demanding instead a 45 percent pay raise and vowed to launch an island wide strike on the 18th if the government fails to grant their demand.

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