The Government would take every possible action to defeat the trade union terrorism considering the welfare and the support of the public, Southern Development Minister and Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka said in a statement.
He stated they would work to defeat these unruly elements that had no qualms about holding the entire country to ransom.
“Several railway trade unions sunk to a new low last evening when they launched an unannounced strike, inconveniencing thousands of passengers that use the railway service on a daily basis,
“The commuters were detained against their will by trade union leaders who showed callous disregard for the interests of the public - particularly young students currently sitting for their A/L examination,
“What they demonstrated yesterday was nothing but "trade union terrorism", which elevates the unfair demands of a handful of trade unions above all else,” he added.
While stating they had the great respect for trade unions, he stressed it was imperative to carry out trade union acts in a civilized manner within an ethical framework.
“As a government, we are duty-bound to protect the rights of everyone alike both strikers and
protestors. We have to make sure law and order is maintained and commuters return home to their families safely. It is with this in mind that we acted to diffuse tense situation that had developed in the Colombo Fort area,
“Our government is responsible and respects the worker for fighting for his demands, but our
commitment to the tenets of democracy and human rights should not be perceived as weakness,” the Minister added.
Ajith Thursday, 09 August 2018 03:40 PM
Make railways essential serve rice. and fill the vacancies with Indian engine drivers.
Deaf Ear Thursday, 09 August 2018 05:03 PM
"essential service", It was declared "essential service" when postal dept strike was going on. But they continued their terror
nihal Thursday, 09 August 2018 03:51 PM
As JR did, send the bloody buggers home. Then they will learn a good lesson.
Raj Thursday, 09 August 2018 03:54 PM
You all will be singing the same poem until kicked out of the parliament. It's disgusting to the these stories every day from either one in the present government
Anthonypillai Thursday, 09 August 2018 03:55 PM
Trade union action is carried out with the intention of changing the present government and not win their rights. you can't satisfy them because when you find solutions to their problem then they change the question by asking something else.
Sunil Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:02 PM
Useless talk. What you have to do is to act and act very fast and effectively so that these thugs will never resort to such action.
Anthonypillai Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:12 PM
Railway department after making so many billions loss the workers should be ashamed to ask for pay rise .
Chari Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:15 PM
There few solutions- Restore Democracy to the Country again.- Ensure all Elections....Provincial, Presidential and General held as scheduled and fairly.No Party or Individuals remains in power for ever. People must be given freedom to decide. Today People are restless fearing this freedom.
Buddhist Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:17 PM
First move should be to teach the GMOA thugs a lesson.
Dhammika Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:21 PM
TRADE UNION TERRORISM now in action DO WHAT AUSTRALIA DID IN THE 80s .
tommy Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:22 PM
Like his government, this man only talks but no action.
Prabath Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:23 PM
It's government's fault. If the transport minister agreed for a salary incriment , now the finance minister can't reject it. It shiws the government's inefficiency.
observer Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:19 PM
Correct.The government give false promises for temporary fix but never comply. Then they are back striking.
Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:36 PM
While condemning, in no uncertain terms, the inconveniencing of public especially students by this trade union action aren’t the Government too responsible for reneging on promises given at earlier discussions.
ravin Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:41 PM
Though majority does not agree, it was proven by Prime Minister Kothalawala, President premadasa and Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya the best treatment anyone give to industrial terrorism.
Arthur Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:52 PM
Enough of talk. Take immediate action. These strikes without due notice are illegal.
Ash Thursday, 09 August 2018 05:09 PM
Get the Army in it's high time these fellows are taught a lesson. The activists should be punished by law for inconviniencing the public.
Dilan Thursday, 09 August 2018 05:14 PM
Irony is we can somehow choose politicians through elections, but we have no power over the government workers who do not fair play our tax money. We have to wait generation(s) until the blackmailing (striking) for everything mindset workers wipeout for the good.
GMOA Thursday, 09 August 2018 05:18 PM
START WITH THE MEDICAL DOCTORS
Johan Perera Thursday, 09 August 2018 06:18 PM
THIS IS DUE TO SOCIALISM. WE NEED TO PRIVATISE TRANSPORT AND HEALTHCARE.
Nana Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:41 PM
Come on guys. All these are JVP unions. JVP is part of the government. So why are you crying?
CITIZEN Friday, 10 August 2018 10:12 AM
NO. Not you. A Hitler-like Ruler only should rule the country to rid the country of the horrific "Trade Union Terrorism"! This is a Konda Pana Nethi or more correctly, Konda Nethi Aanduwa!!!
Lord Wolfstein Friday, 10 August 2018 11:20 AM
Introduce same union laws Madam Thatcher has done long time ago in UK
Harini Friday, 10 August 2018 11:26 AM
Buddy, trade unionism has a great history of birthing collective bargaining to ensure a nation or a State is not overrun by an oligarchy or capitalistic greed. Unionism is the last vestige for a country stripped of all its democratic rights like the right to independent thought, freedom of speech, right to hold officials accountable and to worker dignity. That's not terrorism, that's a collective call for justice. Don't try to gaslight the public by capitalising on their anger at inconvenience and coin new words to divert attention from your own inefficiency.
Cobra Friday, 10 August 2018 06:16 PM
Yes, take a leaf fro Gota's book!!!!!!!!
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