|Tuesday, 1 March 2005|
CWC stays with Government
The Ceylon Workers Congress yesterday pledged to continue its support to the UPFA Government putting aside all differences.
The decision followed yesterday's meeting between a CWC delegation led by its leader Arumugam Thondaman and President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at President's House.
Accordingly Messrs Muthu Sivalaingam and M.S. Sellasamy who resigned their portfolios as Estate Infrastructure Development Minister and Deputy respectively withdrew their resignations and will continue to hold office with immediate effect, Deputy President of the CWC R. Yogarajan told the Daily News last night.
In addition at yesterday's meeting both sides succeeded in reaching common understanding over the CWC's 14 point proposal which formed the bone of contention with the Party with President Kumaratunga assuring the speedy appointment of trained tamil teachers to estate schools and the recruitment of trained clerical hands.
The President also promised the speedy implementation of the third stage of Estate development programme and to entrust the housing programme for estates and the improvement in the infrastructure development with the CWC officials attached to Ministry.
Both parties also agreed to a Presidential decision to take up the wage issue affecting workers of the JEDB and SPC, at a future date.
Associated with the President at the discussions were Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Nimal Siripala De Silva, Susil Premajayantha and MP Wijedasa Rajapakse.
Produced by Lake House