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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated National Trade Union Centre (NTUC) today warned that it would soon launch a massive trade union campaign, which would cripple the country, if the government failed to grant a Rs.13,442 salary increase to all public sector employees.  

NTUC leader K.D. Lalkantha told a media briefing that if the government attempted to use the police to suppress their trade union protest campaigns the Union would ask the protesters to retaliate because their struggle was reasonable.

“We believe that a genuine trade union struggle will always achieve victory. It is senseless to withdraw from fearing government suppression because it is what every government in power resorts to. Instead, the trade unions should strengthen their power base and prepare themselves to rise up against suppression,” he said adding that the NTCU hoped to invite the National Union of Workers and the Sri Lanka Independent Employees Union to join in the workers’ struggle.

“The allowances given to state sector workers by the government since 2006, adds up to only Rs.7069. In 2006 a family spent a minimum of Rs.25,344 a month. By last month it has increased up to Rs.46,396 based on the escalating Consumer Price Index. Considering this situation, the government has to pay Rs.13,442.50 to bridge the gap between the basic wages of a worker and the arrears on the non-payment of the cost of living allowance,” Mr. Lal Kantha said.

He said they expected the government to grant the demand for a salary increase through the Budget. “However, if the government is unable to grant a salary increase it should admit its inability to do so and acknowledge that Rs.13,442.50 was payable as arrears to every state sector worker,” he added.

Mr. Lal Kantha stressed the need to transform the existing social structure by placing a value on the output of every employee and thus end the need for a continuous salary struggle. (Lakna Paranamanna)

  Comments - 12

  • Curious Wednesday, 26 September 2012 05:41 PM

    What a disaster to the country.

    DHA Wednesday, 26 September 2012 06:54 PM

    ....its all about survival for the JVP these days....please don't mess the Hospital sector cos innocent lives are at stake......

    Hussain Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:04 PM

    I dont think the country could afford a $100 increase to all public sector employees ( Public servants). In any case most of them hardly work and are NOT available to the public. Many of them think that the public are their servants by their attitude. The old civil servants are long gone,when they were there for the public.

    jacoob Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:37 PM

    What a coincidence and oppertunity. They have just sacked /re-trenched about 14,000 public sector employees in Queensland, Australia. The wonder of Asia can now take the leadership and offer govt service employment to these workers .. Sri lanka the world leader..

    nalaka Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:43 AM

    JVP still don't seem understand why they keep loosing elections very badly its because people are sick of all these protest that only hurts our own economy

    kumara Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:41 AM

    I dont know why JVP fights to increase salaries of government servants. If the government increases salary they give thier votes to the government but not to the JVP. people have not recognized JVP as thier supporter. So just let these people suffer more.

    Thushara Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:17 AM

    Are you trying to destroy the country?

    Manik Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:17 AM

    JVP is suffering for their past sins of helping this govt. to come to power.

    Upu Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:27 AM

    Be careful. Not to repeat the strike on CEB employees recently.

    sanduni Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:29 AM

    What does the UNP and other party s say for this demand. I think Private sector deserves pay hike off US$ 100per month.

    safeen Thursday, 27 September 2012 04:09 AM

    Yes, now the government servants receive low salary. their annual increment is Rs. 150, Rs. 215 or Rs. 300. this rate is fixed decade ago so now it is the time to increase the salary. The JVP request is reaonable and viable. so I also will join. let's raise awareness via face book, twitter, ..etc

    Wikum Thursday, 27 September 2012 09:51 AM

    Yes, all workers of government and private sector should be paid not less than provincial council and cabinet ministers.
    Who say this is to ruin the economy of country. Sometimes it will reduce the profit rate of first class.
    I'll support the campaign.

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