Backfired

Largely JVP led unions refuse to consider an alternate reform model for the loss making Electricity Board, rejecting the new Cabinet paper that was passed on Wednesday. Largely JVP led unions refuse to consider an alternate reform model for the loss making Electricity Board, rejecting the new Cabinet paper that was passed on Wednesday.

The now controversial Cabinet paper says the government will alter the reform model to keep the CEB in state hands and change the Electricity Reform Act.

The government is damned though if it does or does not. The new move meant to appease unions saw most go on strike outside Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) headquarters on Friday.

“We have decided to go on a token strike from 2.00 pm on Friday until 8.00 am on Saturday. We will then meet on Monday to decide what action to take,” Chief Secretary for the Lanka Electricity Workers Union, Ranjith Jayalal said.

“We are objecting to the fact that the new Cabinet paper also tries to turn the CEB into companies,” Jayalal said.

The ministerial paper on electricity and CEB reforms has been postponed pending further information, the Cabinet Memorandum said, but adds that there