Sri Lanka power engineers say talks successful

June 23, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s power engineers are to formally decide on ending their work-to-rule campaign Monday following successful talks with President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday, an official said. The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union (CEBEU) started trade union action last week, seeking the removal of chairman Udayasri Kariyawasam and duty-slashed car concessions.

A union official said the president gave a favorable hearing to their main demand over the removal of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) chairman.

The CEBEU is to formally decide today on ending the work to rule campaign. But power failures were quickly fixed even yesterday, sources said.

The CEBEU along with several engineers unions in other state enterprises are also demanding car permits, which were limited to central government workers.

In Sri Lanka ordinary citizens out of government service are heavily taxed.

A separate meeting the joint engineers unions had with the government over the car permit issue had ended inconclusively.