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TUs to hold joint May Day rally on May 1: JTU

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Trade unions will hold their joint May Day rally as usual on May 1, the Joint Trade Union (JTU) said condemning the government’s decision to reschedule the rally to May 7.

In a statement, JTU Joint Secretary Anton Marcus said the government had not even discussed postponing the May Day with the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) prior to arriving at the decision.

“It was back in 1956 that the May Day was declared a public, bank and mercantile holiday. After 62 years, the Yahapalana Government issued a gazette notification declaring this day as a working day. The government says it arrived at this decision to ensure Buddhist religious activities are observed calmly during the Vesak week. However, the Colombo Municipal Council has not granted permission for May Day rallies to be held in public parks on May 1. The government has achieved an indirect ban on all May Day celebrations in Colombo. All these decisions fall in line with a businessman, who joined the national list on the UNP ticket, being appointed as the Acting Minister of Labour and Labour Relations. Nevertheless, we will proceed to hold our joint rally on May 1,” he said.

The JTU consists of trade unions attached to the bank, trade, postal, telecommunication, estate staff, teachers, insurance and industrial sectors. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 13

  • BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:11 AM

    This banning of Mayday on 1st of May is a insult to all citizens and workers of this nation. Under no circumstances can such a international holiday observed and in gratitude of all workers in the world be removed by Politicians and Religious Leaders.

    raza Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:58 PM

    It is not banning.Trade Unions are always against UNP Government. Under this govenment workers in public and private sector has got immense benefits and freedom than at any time in the history. Can anyone Challenge this position. Some Trade unions are committed to look after the personal interest of Leaders for NGO and Opposition Money.

    ANTON Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:21 AM

    BUT YOU HAVE TO GET PERMISSION FROM PRELATES BECAUSE AT THE MOMENT THEY ARE GOVERNING THE COUNTRY AND GIVE DIRECTIONS TO HIGHEST POSITIONS.

    Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:15 PM

    RULERS ARE BIG SLAVES OF SIN AND THEY SCARED OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND IMPENDING CURSE.

    Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:15 PM

    GOD HAVE MERCY ON MAN WHO DOUBTS WHAT HE'S SURE OF

    CHAOS Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:27 AM

    Now everything is in chaos and complete disorder.

    RUWAN Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:00 PM

    It is right thing to do.... given that vesk falls on the same day which is very important to all Buddhists. Every one should respect government decision even if the government is strong.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:53 PM

    Vesak is a religeos holiday falling on 29th April. Mayday is 1st of May, their is no reason to ban Mayday as it belongs to all hardworking citizens and not to a corrupt politically biased group of monks.

    Samson Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:04 PM

    Vesak is on 29 and 30th April. Day following vesak is May day and there was no real need to have postponed without consulting the labour leaders.

    stardust Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:27 PM

    Now 2 holidays may 1rst and 7th via DM Android App

    udage Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:04 PM

    May day belongs to all religious groups and religious affiliation is irrelevant. It is an international day of celebration of workers' rights, and there was no justifiable reason to change it.

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:20 PM

    Right decision, I stand to applaud them!

    Warelephat Friday, 20 April 2018 05:19 AM

    Why do we have to celebrate may day at all?. Dont we have enough holidays?


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