Sri Lanka CEB trade unions call off strike, comes down on demands

Aug 17, 2012 (LBO) – Trade unions of state monopoly power utility, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has called off a strike and agreed to work on five demands from an initial twelve, the ministry of power and energy releasing a statement said. The decision to call off the strike was taken following a discussion Thursday among trade unions, power utility officials and the commissioner of labour, the ministry said.

Unions have agreed to give up seven demands from an earlier twelve submitted on 02nd August this year.

A four member committee headed by working director, Pasan Gunasena will look into worker demands and submit proposals, the statement further said.

The five demands involve warning letters issued to employees over previous strikes, minutes of earlier discussions, a circular cancelling leave, alleged harassment from officials and salary anomalies.

Sixteen trade unions have agreed not to take further action until the committee report is released, the power ministry said.

Power minister Champika Ranawaka Thursday urged CEB trade unions to give up disruptive terror tactics and report to work and resolve worker grievances through discussions.

Ranawaka alleged that politically motivated trade unions were disr