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)