Trade unions in Sri Lanka say union leaders being threatened by armed groups

June 11, Colombo: Trade unions in Sri Lanka have claimed that union leaders are receiving death threats following the massive protests held recently by the unions.

The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated Inter Company Employees’ Union (ICEU) says that groups of unidentified persons with weapons have threatened trade union leaders while employees from the free trade zones (FTZs) are being questioned and intimidated by the CID.

Head of the ICEU, Wasantha Samarasinghe said that union leaders are being threatened to leave their respective trade unions.

Samarasinghe called on the government to stop suppressing the working masses for standing for their rights.

Meanwhile, the ICEU is also contemplating on filing a case in courts against violating the human rights of the Katunayake FTZ worker Roshen Chanaka, who was killed following a clash during a protest, and to seek compensation for the victim’s family.

According to Samarasinghe, the recent incidents that took place at the FTZ and the death of the FTZ worker would be raised with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The government accuses the JVP affiliated trade unions of instigating violence among the workers to achieve their goals.

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