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While the Information Department said that attendance to duty by employees at public sector today had exceed 93.5% which was 3.5% more than the average daily attendance, the Trade Unions claimed that today’s general strike was a success.

Speaking to Daily Mirror National Trade Union Centre President K.D.Lal Kantha said that the strike was in fact success.

“Today's general strike is a success as government imposed many strictures on State sector workers,” he said.

He also claimed that many private sector workers did not report to work during the day.

Convening a news conference today regarding the strike action, the Coordinating Committee for Trade Union Alliance said the countrywide strike campaign launched by Trade unions and political parties was a success despite the government’s attempts of sabotage it.

“Employees in about 200 Private companies participated in the strike. Also, a large number of private factories did not function today in support of the strike,” Strike Alliance Member Wasanthe Samarasinghe said.

He said the government had tried to sabotage the campaign using its power.

“Some government department heads had issued memos making it compulsory for employees to work today, “he said.

Mr. Samarasinghe said despite the threats of the government a large number of teachers, lecturers and other government employees too had supported the strike and some of them had even hoisted black flags at their premises.    

Meanwhile, speaking at the news conference Lalkantha said they would resume the strike campaign after Vesak festive season and continue it until the government withdrew the electricity tariff hike.


  Comments - 37

  • patum Tuesday, 21 May 2013 02:59 PM


    Mr.Pants Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:20 AM

    Before we ask "When did you came", we have to compare the goods and the bads..

    lyza Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:21 PM

    Yes. Sounds *very* impotent

    sss Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:32 PM

    this is a loose-loose situation. The unions and people should have protested the corruption and mismanagement that lead to this debacle.

    habeeb Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:34 PM

    Govt says 93.5% went for work, though a strike was organized. that means that govt has got approval for more corruptions and increase of prizes. Next gas, Petrol, Milk, Essential food items, taxes will increase.

    VoiceofLanka Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:34 PM

    What is more; if JVP were in power there'll be absolute utilisation of manpower and productivity.

    Bastonian Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:37 PM

    Loose losing polls 13 times,,, loose all the way ponils R D biggest loosers ,they hold guiness record for continuesly Sin meya,

    sarath Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:52 PM

    mun thamath lajja nethiwa katha karanawane

    migara Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:19 PM

    People are happy and enjoying IPL cricket.Also the digits dont come without a half a bottle and a chicken yellow rice.

    wijebahu Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:23 PM

    Does this mean Sri Lankans are wealthy enough to pay whatever increases. I think government is correct increasing tariffs, this should happen more and more.

    kamal Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:17 AM

    KD, Please don't jump to bere lake again.

    Ken Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:41 PM

    Get of social media and the Internet and use that time more productively and you may see the account balance grow :)

    Ken Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:43 PM

    Very good point so the ones that strike are the unproductive ones. Employers should take note and know who to make redundant :)

    Muthu Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:35 AM

    Thanks to "MIRACLE OF ASIA"

    Randy Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:48 AM

    KD , please orgnize another strike. 95% government workers will come to work. Please KD come on.

    Nims Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:58 AM

    People have not forgotten how the JVP forced them to join protests during late 80's and how the JVP attacked police from behind

    MMI-Super Man Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:47 AM

    strike failed .people worked yesterday as usual.

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:53 AM

    The usual matter who wins the people always are the losers.

    chin Wednesday, 22 May 2013 03:25 PM

    Yes. That is the reality. Rs.1000 increase is nothing. How many rupees of phone cards bought per day ? Only the losers cry.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:04 AM

    Can trust either of them. Ultimately it is poor masses who suffer.

    milinda Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:50 AM

    Aiyooo Lal Kantha .. Aiyooo Ranil Where is strike ?

    ind Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:55 AM

    Is it scheduled today ??? Just now I got to know. Good that you tell it. Otherwise we don't knew there's a strike.

    sobers Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:59 AM

    Who is fooling whom! finally the people are the innocent fools in front of the Politicians.

    CW Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:09 AM

    What else can you do? Have you or your party ever done anything productive, other than sabotaging normal life?

    gamunu Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:11 AM

    For me what important is my account balance. last month it was minus. Increase the salary by 60%. i will vote for you.

    Ranabahu Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:18 AM

    Was there a strike today? Roads were busy as usual, trains n buses too were there + loads of private vehicles. Uninterrupted power so far is there. Banks too are in business as usual. What else you get in a normal day

    nalaka Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:36 AM

    i reported to work mr KD I am in private sector

    Tridax Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:54 AM

    93% attendance means nothing. The strike is about reporting for work and not working. well thats what they do usually. But in this case anti strike pro government workers have decided to work today.

    ghamerhussain Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:50 AM

    But Finally People Failed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    eapolo Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:05 AM

    Most of the people, who comment here are should be from a movement supporting the MR. Let us see what is gonna happen...Ohoma yan...!!!

    ind Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:06 AM

    So the strike have increase the productivity compare to other days.

    Dhammika Herath Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:06 AM

    Yes, People of sri lanka failed themselves.again

    appuhami Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:09 AM

    oka kalin kivvanan ivaraine.

    R.Dias Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:35 AM

    the Govt Information Dept statement reveals all....." today in the public sector is 93.5% and it is 3.5 % more than the average daily attendance...." !!!..JVP should organize these strikes everyday so that the people will report for work..

    lal Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:55 AM

    well said. today they work. ha ha ha

    kamal Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:07 AM

    KD, Please don't jump to bere lake again.

    IOSirisena Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:08 AM

    what? today looked perfectly normal....strike? where?

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