Strike Out

The CEB Engineers Union suspended a planned token strike to be held on Wednesday, subject to further talks with the Government on the coal and Upper Kotmale projects. The CEB Engineers Union suspended a planned token strike to be held on Wednesday, subject to further talks with the Government on the coal and Upper Kotmale projects. The union has been threatening strike action if the government does not take a clear stand on the projects, and negotiate financing for the coal plant, delayed by over ten years.

“We have temporarily suspended our token strike after the Minister responded somewhat favourably to our concerns,” President, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Engineers Union, Ananda Piyatilake said.

“The Minister has told us they are making every effort to push it through and that they are committed to the coal plant at Norachcholai. Meanwhile, we are going ahead with our educational campaign for CEB staff on the two projects.”

The 400-member union will meet with JVP Parliamentarians on November 19, but Piyatilake says that they need to see some clear commitment as to how the projects will proceed.

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