Backdoor Move

Ceylon Electricity Board unions staged a walkout on Friday protesting against a Cabinet paper passed two days ago, they say was shoved through the backdoor. Ceylon Electricity Board unions staged a walkout on Friday protesting against a Cabinet paper passed two days ago, they say was shoved through the backdoor.

The Cabinet on Wednesday evening passed a Cabinet paper to modify a restructuring plan for the loss making CEB, though unions say they knew nothing of it.

“We will be going on strike from this afternoon (Friday) till 8.00 am on Saturday. There is no one working and so there could be the possibility of a blackout. We will meet again on Monday to decide what to do next,” Secretary of the CEB Office Services Union, Amarapala Ranchigoda said.

All of the CEB’s 52 unions were on a ‘work to rule’ campaign this morning, until it was clear what exactly the Cabinet had passed.

“Our work to rule is in protest of what they did. They say they have approved some kind of Cabinet paper but it was not in consultation and we don’t know what they have passed,” Chief of the CEB Engineers Union, Ananda Piyatilake said.

The Engineers Union will meet