Trade unions of Sri Lanka power sector split over proposed pay hike

Jan 18, Colombo: Trade unions of Sri Lanka’s power authority Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) have split over the salary issue, trade union sources revealed.

According to the trade union sources, the powerful Engineers’ Trade Union has agreed to the proposed 25 percent salary increment granted to them by the government.

However, Trade Unions affiliated to opposition parties, United National Party (UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (IVP) continue protests demanding a salary increase of 45 percent.

A section of the trade unions of the CEB said that they will not accept the 25 percent salary increase and held a protest in front of the Board headquarters today.

The Cabinet of Ministers last week decided to increase the salaries of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) employees by 18 percent while granting an additional monthly allowance of Rs. 2,500.

The employees rejected the proposed salary hike and the government Tuesday proposed a 25 percent salary hike.

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