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More power failures could be expected island wide from tomorrow as the union had withdrawn their crew from the Laxapana Hydro Power Station, Ceylon Electricity Employees Union (CEEU) Secretary Ranjan Jayalal said today.

Mr. Jayalal said the people would be further inconvenienced from tomorrow as the demand for electricity on weekdays usually high.

He said that the authorities are playing all the cards that they have to get the employees to work but none of them would report for work until their  demands were granted unconditionally.


Meanwhile, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya today urged the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) employees to report for duty from tomorrow and said they would be granted paid leave for September 14 and 15, the two days they had stopped work.

He said he had instructed the officials to grant two days' paid leave those on strike.

“According to union leaders they have no issue with the ministry or me. Since electricity directly impacts the country’s economy I request all employees to return to work,” the minister added.
It was reported householders in several areas had experienced power failures because of the work stoppage and that traders were also inconvenienced because of food stored in refrigerators being spoiled because of the power failures .

Also the hospitals and other essential services were inconvenienced due to the work stoppage of the CEB employees from Wednesday (13). (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • concern Monday, 18 September 2017 03:21 AM

    First they demanded the employees to report work if not they will lose their jobs. Now the department willing to pay the two days that they were on strike. This shows how strong the government is.

    Premalal Monday, 18 September 2017 05:58 AM

    Indecisive and weak leadership could wreck a country from within. Sadly, it is being played right in front of our eyes. Soon this country will be unlivable and it seems that our leaders are aware of the fact. So they rob as much as possible to secure their own future.

    ANTON Monday, 18 September 2017 07:51 AM

    THANKS ........ UNTIL 2020 ???

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 18 September 2017 09:29 AM

    Acting in this way, Premadasa would have acted. Fire everyone. They will come after a short time and begging for their jobs. CEB workers are the highest paid government workers in Sri Lanka. They have no reason to strike.


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