JVP trade unions announce token strike demanding wage increase

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 10:19 GMT]
The National Trade Union Centre (NTUC), which claims that it comprises of hundreds of public, private and state sector trade unions, has called for a one-day token general strike on July 10 demanding a salary increase of five thousand rupees to public, private and state sector employees and a five hundred rupees increase in the daily wage of plantation workers. NTUC is backed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)

"We were reluctant to call for trade union action in past because of the security situation. But, we cannot keep quiet any longer as the cost of living situation has worsened," said JVP parliamentarian K.D.Lalkantha, President of the NTUC at a press briefing held Monday evening in the auditorium of the National Library Services Board.

He said the union wrote a letter to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa demanding the salary increase with effect from June 1. But, the SL President ignored the letter, Mr. Lalkantha charged.

"If the government decided to call July 10 as a public holiday in the same way they did last week when teachers planned a sick note campaign on June 11 and 12, we will launch our general strike on the following day. If the government still failed to grant the demands even after the token strike we will launch continuous strike countrywide," Lalkantha stressed.

 

Latest 15 Reports
25.08.16 20:18  
Sweeping the issue of ethnic assaults under carpet is not reconciliation: Peradeniya Tamil students
24.08.16 20:09  
49 Tamil students boycott studies, demand security from racial assaults in Peradeniya
23.08.16 23:37   Photo
35 Tamil-speaking students leave Peradeniya campus after racial assault
22.08.16 23:09  
Ki'linochchi mobilizes against SL military-led Sinhala Buddhicisation of Tamil homeland
21.08.16 23:37   Photo
Colombo schemes permanent slum housing for uprooted Tamils at limestone quarry lands
20.08.16 23:16  
Global Tamils urged to help fight legal case of Muslim political prisoner detained under PTA
19.08.16 22:16  
Thiraayk-kea'ni struggles to survive as Tamil village in Ampaa'rai
18.08.16 23:40   Photo
Tamil graduates in East sidelined in education sector employments for 2016
17.08.16 22:17  
Colombo reinvigorates genocidal Military Intelligence in North-East
16.08.16 23:53   Photo
US 'reconciliation' talk in Jaffna while China gives state upon state to genocidal Sri Lanka  
15.08.16 21:55  
Uprooted Tamils in Ki’linochchi step up protest against SL military occupation of lands
14.08.16 22:00   Photo
2006 Sencholai massacre victims commemorated in Jaffna
13.08.16 23:17  
Ki'linochchi to mobilise against SL military erecting Buddhist sites in occupied Tamil land
12.08.16 23:29  
Tamil polity urged to principally oppose ‘military rehabilitation’ of Tamil POWs
11.08.16 23:50   Photo
Uprooted Tamils reject Colombo's crores of bribes for naval seizure of Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26045