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GMOA requests TUs to educate membership on CEPA/ETCA

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) requests all trade union leaders, the Buddhist clergy, community leaders, etc., to educate their membership on the current situation on the CEPA/ETCA and the importance of obtaining an assurance from the Government on the safety and wellbeing of the local labour market under any International agreement, GMOA Secretary Dr.Nalinda Herath said.

According to Dr. Herath, the CEPA/ETCA agreement that is about to be signed between Sri Lanka and India, came to light from time to time during the past 15 years.

But, no Sri Lankan Government bowed down to India and gave into the pressure put on Sri Lanka by India to sign the CEPA because of the protest of all Sri Lankan professionals and the public.

Dr. Herath pointed out that during a recent intellectuals' meeting at the Colombo University, the Indian High Commissioner had very clearly stated that CEPA/ETCA will be signed between Sri Lanka and India in 2016 (next year). It is learned that the name of the CEPA will be changed into ETCA with some minor changes due to the huge protest aimed at the agreement from the Sri Lankan public.

Dr. Herath also said that it is unacceptable to allow unemployed Indian professionals to enter into the Sri Lankan labour market. "It would create a very high unemployment rate in Sri Lanka," he said.

"The GMOA will extend its fullest support to the Government to improve the quality and skills of Sri Lankan professionals up to international standards allowing them to compete in the International labour market," Dr. Herath said. 

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