Cpc, ceb and slpa workers
poised to strike
By Nirmala Kannangara
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), the Ceylon
Electricity Board (CEB) and the Sri Lanka Ports
Authority (SLPA) have jointly planned to bring the
country to a standstill this week as a result of the
government's failure to grant the employees their due
salary increments, the Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA)
told The Sunday Leader.
government's failure to grant the employees of the three
institutions their salary increments has led to unrest
among employees and according to the JTUA they would
decide the date for the proposed strike tomorrow (20).
"Unlike other organisations, the CPC, CEB and the SLPA
get their increments once in three years. Although we
were to get a raise in 2009, President Rajapakse
postponed the payment of salary increments to 2010,
which is unreasonable. At a time when the entire cabinet
enjoys salary increases and all other perks, the
government does not want to give the hard working people
their salary increments," JTUA Committee Member Ananda
Palitha told The Sunday Leader.
According to Palitha although Petroleum Resources
Minister A.H.M. Fowzie had agreed to grant salary
increments to the CPC from its own resources, President
Rajapakse has rejected the request. The CEB and SLPA
salary increments too have not been granted and unless
employees of these three institutions are granted their
salary increments by noon tomorrow (20), the JTUA would
decide on a date for a joint trade union action to bring
the entire country to a standstill.