Water board workers threaten TU action

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The Water Supply Joint Trade Union Alliance today threatened to launch a trade union action from December 26 to 28 for not paying their annual bonus payment.

“We demand the government and the authority to pay the balance of our bonus payment immediately,” the alliance said.

Alliance leader Upali Ratnayaka alleged the annual bonus had been paid continuously for forty years but this year it had been deducted arbitrarily by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

“This has been approved by the Cabinet on the recommendation of the management of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board,” he said.

He charged that their bonus of Rs. 37,000 had been arbitrarily reduced to Rs.25, 000 and that too had been remitted to the employees’ accounts only on Wednesday night. “No one was informed about this. We will have to wait till next Monday to collect the amount because of the long holiday,” he said.

Mr. Ratnayaka said essential services such as water purification would not be interrupted during the trade union action, to avoid difficulties to the consumers.

“However, all other emergency services and breakdown services will come to a standstill,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said an island wide three-hour protest would be launched by the Alliance on December 28 from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Mr. Rathnayaka said, if the authorities didn’t pay the deducted bonus payment even after the three-day trade union action, they would launch another island wide strike.

“In such a situation, the government and the President should take the responsibility for the inconvenience caused to the consumers ,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)


  Comments - 12

  • Bippity Boppity Boo Thursday, 24 December 2015 04:50 PM

    What is bonus? According to the Oxford Dictionally "A sum of money added to a person’s wages as a reward for good performance". Do these fellows deserve a bonus? Think !

    Kanaka Thursday, 24 December 2015 05:04 PM

    The water board and indeed the electricity board too should all be privatized to protect the customers and the elected government from these so called rajaye sewakayo! We all know that these public services are bloated and a burden on the taxpayer. Why do we need to put up with their silly demands too?

    Suriya Godagama Thursday, 24 December 2015 05:05 PM

    Saakku purawanawa kiwwa anduwa....... Aiyo Naththal!

    Cobra Thursday, 24 December 2015 05:09 PM

    All ants and termites shwing their sting now that the dreaded pangolin is not there!!!

    TONY Thursday, 24 December 2015 05:13 PM


    Lalith Thursday, 24 December 2015 05:19 PM

    Only option is print load of money and give it to all strikers then money value go down and every one suffer. But all strikers will be happy.

    arun Friday, 25 December 2015 08:10 AM

    Not only water board there are non profit organization such as Research institutes pays per persons Rs.100,000/= per person, organizations which are coming under Ministry of science technology pays bonus in the name of Incentives, but organizations fully funded by Treasury, Is it fair to pay for organizations fully depends on gov. treasury department ?

    Dee Thursday, 24 December 2015 06:50 PM

    Sri lanka sure misses the white van era!

    Bribe Captain Vidayalankara Thursday, 24 December 2015 07:37 PM

    YAMAPALANA miracales

    Sincere Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:23 PM

    They are already on TU actions I suppose. They dig roads and leave them without filling the holes. Vehicle owners have to pay for their TU action.

    perera Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:49 PM

    NO other government organization is paid bonus...Others (esp helathcare, railway ) work day and night...ARe these people mad...

    Nalin Perera Friday, 25 December 2015 11:32 AM

    What Bonus? This is the first time I am hearing of Bonus being paid without showing any profit ever in its history of existence. The curse of this country are the lying and thieving politicians and equally corrupt, lazy Government workers always on the prowl for easy, dirty money without ever having to sweat out for it.

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