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* State transport sector workers of Sri Lanka threaten to strike over salary issues
Tue, Nov 20, 2012, 12:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 20, Colombo: Employees attached to Sri Lanka's state transport sector are threatening to resort to trade union action if their salary issues are not met by next month.

The All Ceylon Transport Workers' Union (ACTWU) says it would launch a trade union action in December if the government does not resolve their salary issues.

General Secretary of the ACTWU Sepala Liyanage has issued a media statement saying the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) employees had not received their salaries on time and that the former SLTB employees have not received their gratuities payments on time.

He has said that the union has already informed Transport Minister Kumara Welgama and the President of the issues faced by the SLTB employees, but there has not been a positive response.

According to Liyanage, the Finance Ministry does not provide adequate funds since the SLTB has been categorized as a loss making institution.

However, he has noted that the SLTB provided a great service for the country and that it was not the only loss making state body in the country.

Liyanage said the union would call on all SLTB employees to join the struggle to protect the rights of the SLTB employees.

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