Sri Lanka Marxist trade union renews threat of island wide union action to win demands

Oct 14, Colombo: National Trade Union Center (NTUC) affiliated with Sri Lanka’s Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)  has renewed its warning of island wide trade union action if the government fails to grant a salary increase to the working masses.

NTUC Convener, Samantha Koralearachchi says that workers representing the health, transport, power and energy, banks, water resources, private and estate sector were prepared to resort to trade union action to win the demand of a salary hike.

He notes that workers would be organized to commence agitation campaigns if the government does not heed to the demand for a Rs. 10,000 salary increase for the public sector and a 40 percent increase for the private sector.

He added that the NTUC represents 366 trade unions from the public, private and estate sectors and they would all meet on Sunday (16) under the patronage of NTUC Chairman K.D. Lalkantha to decide on the precise trade union action to be taken to win the demand.

According to Koralearachchi, the government has not provided a proper response to the people’s salary issues.

The government is to present the Appropriation Bill for 2012 to parliament on October 18th and the budget proposals are to be presented on November 21st.

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