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A 24-hour-strike would be launched from Wednesday, April 5 midnight by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Joint Trade Unions Alliance against the alleged oppression of trade unions and to urge the Government to rectify CEB employees’ salary anomalies.

“We are looking at a massive strike, which involves drivers, storekeepers and all the employees. In a case of a breakdown, no employee will be available to repair them, till Friday morning,”  Ceylon Electricity Employees Union Secretary Ranjan Jayalal told the Daily Mirror.

He said all of the CEB’s work would be hindered on Thursday at all its plants. “Bill payment, maintenance, tender calling are some of the other procedures which will be affected,” he said.

He said the main objective of the strike was to rectify the current salary anomaly within the CEB.

“The standard salary difference between the management level and lower level employees should be 4:1. Any salary increase should be made based on this rate. However, it was changed to 5:1 in 2012. Then Government agreed to rectify this by increasing salaries of all employees by 30 percent in 2014,” he said.

He said at present, management level employees enjoy a salary hike between 70-120 percent while other employee’s salary had only been increased by 30 percent following two discreet gazettes issued on last presidential Election Day.

“CEB top management officials’ salaries were increased during the last Presidential Election so the politicians could distribute light posts and other CEB properties during the election.
“When we raised the issue, they agreed to increase the salaries of all employees, but on the Election Day, two different Gazette notices were issued,” he said.

He said they had had discussions with Ministers Champika Ranawaka and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya but to no avail.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Citizen Wednesday, 05 April 2017 12:20 PM

    "Loken UTHUM rata lankawai, lankawai, ape sri lankawai.Strike every corner of the country, disgraceful. Think of normal people, who can't afford Generators! Nature will punish you for your cruelty,

    ballo bulb Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:48 PM

    I thought it is an emergency services and no one allow to strike.

    Justica USA Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:10 PM

    bring in the hire n fire policy...no trade unions or any shyt...teach these buggers a lesson...if not privatize before its too late....rem what MR said a few days ago WILL DO ANYTHIG TO TOPPLE THE GOVRNMENT. via DM Android App

    Kadiya Tuesday, 04 April 2017 07:28 PM

    ..and these fools are playing into MR's hands!

    Pibi Wednesday, 05 April 2017 06:01 AM

    To run a 3000 MW system, there are 22000 employees and 1000 engineers. Isn't this funny. CEB should be privatized as soon as possible.

    Aku Monday, 10 April 2017 10:13 AM

    ARREST all strikers immediately!!!!!

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:02 PM

    ONLY THING WE ARE UNABLE TO STOCK IN ADVANCE IS ELECTRICITY.

    Pramod Fernando Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:41 PM

    Aho Yahapalanayaka Arumayaka Mahatha!

    mm Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:45 PM

    as always the small man will suffer. the big shots will on their generators. via DM iOS App

    Saranga Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:59 PM

    Privatise and lets see what they can do

    Bala Tuesday, 04 April 2017 03:04 PM

    So these are problems of 2012 and 2014 and now they are bold enough after 3-5 years to strike. They shuddered under MR and now roaring for a piece of cake.

    Anthony Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:08 AM

    24hrs without electricity.The govt should have fixed this issue and now the public has to suffer for this.


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