Sri Lankan government not to grant more than 25% pay hike for power, oil and water sector employees

Jan 20, Colombo: Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister of Sri Lanka Keheliya Rambukwella says that the 25% salary increase granted to the employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) would not be increased any further.

Rambukwella says that the 25% salary increase has been granted to these employees following a discussion with the President.

He has said there was no likelihood of the salary hike being increased any further.

According to Rambukwella, the salary increment had been granted by the President after discussions with the trade unions and therefore it was unfair for some employees to launch a work-to-rule campaign.

He has added that it was only one trade union that is agitating for a salary hike that is beyond the 25% increase granted by the government.

The Minister explained that a higher pay raise as demanded by a section of the CEB can only be granted by raising the electricity rates and burdening the public.

“The government cannot allow a section of the State Employees to hold the whole country or the 20 million people of this country to ransom,” the Minister said.

However, the Minister said an alternative programme would have to be looked at in such an event.

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