|Wednesday, 20 August 2003|
by Rajmi Manatunga
State Transport Minister Piyasoma Upali yesterday refused to give into the demands of certain workers in the Nittambuwa depot who insist on the immediate transfer of two managers and a clerk of the Depot.
The Minister who met the 'striking' employees and depot authorities along with CTB Chairman U.L.M Farook and Western Province Transport Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanne yesterday asserted that no employee will be dismissed or transferred without a formal inquiry.
However, the Minister has presented the persons involved in the present conflict in the Depot with two options including the appointment of an supervisory board to oversee depot activities until the investigations are concluded.
"According to this proposal, the 'striking' employees are required to forward their complaints about the authorities to the Minister before 8 am today.
The Minister will appoint a special committee to probe their complaints on the condition that the employees report to work," a spokesman for the Depot said. The other option is to suspend the services of the both the complainant and accused parties until the investigations are over, he said.
Gampaha district MP Reggie Ranatunga, Western Provincial Councillor Ranjith Rupasinghe and Depot Chairman Nimal Ranasinghe were also present at the discussion.
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