Await pay hike in January - President
* We have ended a destructive war which
engulfed the Nation
* Salary increase effective from November
* Some conspiring to bring workers to
streets to fulfil political agendas
The Government will grant a salary increase to all public sector
employees from January next year. President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced
this at the seventh National Convention of the SLFP oriented Sri Lanka
Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya held at Temple Trees yesterday to the loud
applause of the gathering. The theme of the convention was ‘Prosperous
Nation - Contented Workforce’.
President Rajapaksa said: “We have been able to end a destructive war
which engulfed the nation for nearly three decades. During this period,
the working class extended its unstinted support and co-operation to the
Government. While engaged in the humanitarian war to free the Nation
from terrorism, I made one request from the working class.
I called upon them to have patience and bear with us until the end of
this year and that we would reciprocate by doing our duty towards you
after ending the war.”
The President said: “Now we will be granting the salary increase to
you all from January next year. These increments will be effective from
November this year.
President Rajapaksa said the Government had clearly stated that it
would grant salary increase to workers of all sectors and educated all
trade unions about the matter.
The President said he himself had entered the Trade Union field by
launching a Trade Union. Therefore, there was no need to teach him about
the working of a Trade Union. President Rajapaksa said he was among
those who always came forward and gave the leadership to overcome any
challenge or conspiracy faced by the working class and the country.
He would never hesitate to take any decision that would cater to the
welfare of the people without seeking personal gain. “Today some
quarters are conspiring to bring the workers on to the streets to fulfil
their political agendas rather than on a salary issue.” He would request
workers not to fall prey to such gimmicks and join acts of sabotage.
The President said: “ Some people who helped us to come to power are
today trying to join a different political journey with others. But such
journeys will be short lived.”
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Athauda Seneviratne and T.B.
Ekanayake, Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya President Leslie Devendra
and ILO representative T. Stanmose also spoke. Western Province Governor
Alavi Mowlana was also present.