Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Power and Energy sources say that a special investigation has been launched to probe the incidents of damaging the power supply system of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) by the striking employees.
The Ministry says that it is reported that the high tension lines in Ampara, Matale, Anuradhapura, Hikkaduwa, Kuliyapitiya and Kurunegala have been damaged.
A special unit of investigation comprising electrical engineers has been appointed to probe the incidents of sabotage.
The Ministry of Power and Energy stood tough against the strike by the employees of non-executive grade without granting their demands with the support of the engineers' unions and the CEB employees had to give up their strike after nearly a week with no success.
The authority issued a warning to the employees asking them to return to work by noon today and warned them that if they fail the authority is ready to replace them with 5,000 temporary employees.
In several areas of the country the public and doctors in hospitals have reportedly protested the strike as the strike combined with the power cuts has created a dire situation in hospitals, especially in intensive care units, neonatal nurseries and surgical theaters.
Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Minister has expressed his contentment that the striking union accepted his request and unconditionally agreed to solve their issues through negotiations. The Minister has also appreciated the service rendered by the CEB employees who worked during the strike to provide power to the public without disruptions.
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