Video: People will take to the streets-Ranil warns

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UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned that the people would take to the streets unless the salary was increased in next month’s budget. He said this government had increased prices of everything except increased the salary.

“People find it difficult to live today. Everyone knows this except the Cabinet. The prices of electricity, fuel and most commodities have been increased. Everyone is in debt,” he said addressing a press conference in Colombo.

“All the opposition parties in parliament are in agreement that salaries have to be increased and that trade union action should be taken. We requested all the trade unions to take a decision on this matter. We are there to help them,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

Trade Unions have to take two decisions one is about the increase of the salary and the other is about EPF and ETF.

“We must protest and urge the government to increase the salary in this budget. This government only protects thieves. The President discussed the racket in the share market. Did the government have any discussion with the trade unions about their issues,” he asked?” (Ajith Siriwardana) (Pix by Samantha Perera)



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  • Imran Hussein Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:13 PM

    Cant agree with you more, sure Ranil is like NATO but the outdated expired Warsaw Pact is still ruling Sri Lanka.

    Nandalala Fernando Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:27 PM

    very good move,he should take people for ride!

    moratu Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:16 AM

    Eat more rice and grow up.

    Real peace Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:30 PM

    I have problem having Ranil as our interim President, and then we can conduct an election without cheating to elect our President.

    Roshan Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:47 AM

    It will never happen while you being the opposition leader.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:50 AM

    Very much doubtful if Sri Lankans have the courage to take to streets like in other countries. Typical Lankan is resigned to his or her fate called "Karmaya" and being brainwashed with so called "patriotism", they will continue to vote for this government regardless of whatever hardships imposed on them. The crooked politicians can even organise rallies with their supporters to urge the government not to increase the salaries and welcoming more hardships. "Matanam Nikang Pissu Wagay"!

    willows Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:06 AM

    he just woke up???

    Ram Perera Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:13 AM

    Ranil is like NATO, No Action Talk Only. You have said many times about getting on to streets. Nothing happened. Why??

    Curious Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:17 PM

    Salary increment is fine if they are really dedicated workers. They spent more time on protesting than working. Due to productivity low the cost of living increases.

    piyal Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:22 AM

    Yes exactly - our people practice so much of tolerance - otherwise present leader of UNP is in the history long long time ago

    Fazli Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:31 AM

    OK Will take to the street no fuss. Can you offer a stable leadership !

    Mason Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:26 AM

    Many a time the UNP has said that they would take to the streets/have Island wide protests against cost of living etc, but regrettably nothing materialised. It is better for the UNP to keep it's mouth shut than to make empty threats.

    Blue Ribbon Lokka Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:36 AM

    Well said Ram, Empty vessels make more noise

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:32 PM

    WOW..... Eureka.

    Zaf Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:40 AM

    No one is talking about the private sector employees. People who work in the private sector also feels the prize increase, but no one talks about it.

    Lobo Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:43 AM

    where will Ranil be when the people take to the streets?

    peeda mossa Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:45 PM

    Vision without mission is a daydream. Accept the fact that you don't have the charisma to whip up people's feelings.

    dilu Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:03 AM

    bcos he does not have capacity to lead the general mass. Ranil being continue as opposition is more danger than MR as president. If step down, either MR will realize the hardship and started to think about the gerenal people or can send home the govenment. Nieither wont happen till this man hang on

    John Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:09 AM

    Well said Calistus Jayatilleke. We never think as one nation. Politicians make advantages of it. They try to keep the people in the deep sleep of "Patriotism".

    ling Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:13 AM

    to vote for this government regardless of whatever hardships imposed on them if you understand nothing is more important than the Sovereignty and that is why people like Ranil can never come into power.

    Ebraham Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:16 AM

    We need a change the current regime. At the same time all opposition parties need to be get together & save the country from this desaster. RW need to recall all UNP members who crossover to the GOVT. & reinfoce the party.

    virgin Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:41 AM

    Yes, to send you out of UNP

    Kay Parker Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:00 AM

    Clown out of the box

    Junior Citizen Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:52 AM

    Why dont you brain wash them with the 'truth' then ?

    Junior Citizen Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:58 AM

    I say my dear fools, first get them to vote against the govt-- taking to street is the last resort --if there no proper elections are held

    Samitha Silva Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:59 AM

    N.A.T.O - No Action Talking Only. - Samitha

    kd Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:03 PM

    Please wait till T20 get over


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