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Countrywide strike on December 15 against budget proposals

A collective of several trade unions will engage in a countrywide strike on December 15 against the 2016 budget proposals, Trade Union Collective convenor Saman Rathnapriya said.

He said the government has let down both private and public sector employees with the budget proposals 2016.

Private and public employees have been affected by the budget proposals.

The government has also failed to fulfill most promises, he said.

Rathnapriya addressing the media in Colombo yesterday, said the government failed to add the Rs. 10,000 allowance to the basic salary despite the Prime Minister promising to do so several times prior to presenting the budget.

Members of the union collective requested the government to streamline the Agrahara Insurance Scheme and improve its benefits. But the government has not concentrated on the issue, he said.

"Several other decisions which directly affect the public sector has been taken by the budget. Accordingly, the eight hour duty time of state employees has been increased to nine hours. It has also been planned to terminate the pension scheme from 2016," Rathnapriya said.

"A joint countrywide strike will be launched on December 15 against the budget proposals 2016 with the participation of over 50 trade unions representing health, transport, education, postal etc," he said. Private Bus Owners' Association Chairman Gemunu Wijerathne said his union presented several proposals to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka for his consideration at the budget. "The proposals were turned down without any favourable reply," he said.

Wijerathne condemned measures taken to increase charges for vehicle emission tests and to obtain vehicle fitness report.

He said his association will launch a countrywide private bus strike from December 14 midnight.

He urged Minister Karunanayaka to step down from his post as he failed to fulfill most of the promises given by the government. 


 

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