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Mar13. (LBO) — Sri Lanka™s public sector unions are threatening a 24hour strike later this week as a dispute over a proposed pay hike continues. Essential health services will not be disrupted in the midnight-to-midnight 24 hour strike scheduled to begin Mach 15.

The consortium of trade unions joining forces to form the Public Sector Salary Review Trade Unions Committee on Monday again urged the government to resolve anomalies in a salary revision proposal that came into effect from January, 2006.

Representing some 90 percent of Sri Lanka™s estimated 900,000 public sector workers, the union consortium claims that the proposal by the National Council for Administration that was charged with reviewing public sector salaries, was unfair to lower and mid grade staff.

A series of meetings with government officials and at least three meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa have failed to broker a compromise.

The main grouse of the unions seems to be that over 870,000 public sector workers representing the lower and mid grades in state employment would receive less than 78 percent of the monies reportedly allocated for increments

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