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CEB strike a failure, says Ministry; TU rejects claims

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Despite CEB employees launching a work stoppage from Wednesday (13) the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry said it was able to maintain regular supply of electricity without any major disruption.

Ministry spokesman Pathum Pasqual said according to reports, 100 per cent efficiency had been reported in power generation and transmission while the distribution remained at 65 per cent even though few electricity breakdowns were reported in several areas.

He also said the trade union had even withdrawn CEB staff from the National Hospital risking the lives of patients.

“One cannot justify putting the lives of the patients in hospitals in danger. The ministry appreciates all staff member of the CEB who did not take part in this inhumane trade union action,” he said.

He also said the ministry would supply electricity continuously under any circumstances.

However Ceylon Electricity Employees Union (CEEU) Secretary Ranjan Jayalal told the Daily Mirror yesterday that the strike was successful and the ministry was making false statement to disrupt the trade union action.

“If the strike was unsuccessful why had the ministry asked retired employees to report for work,” he asked.

He also charged that the ministry had made several futile attempts to continue the supply using contractors as a result of which a few workers had been electrocuted.

Power failures had been reported in several areas of the country and it was revealed that they were the results of breakdowns which were not attended. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • RD Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:14 AM

    Yes it is failure. We failed as a nation.

    Park Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:59 PM

    It is very clear from all the strikes that are happening in Sri Lanka that all the trade unions are being funded by some one. Now its time for the CID to find out who is providing this funding. Is it Mahinda and his gang? Is it China? Is it India? If CID cannot find out let the President appoint a special Presidential Committee to investigate this. Enough of all these strikes. Alternatively make all services essential services including health and power.


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