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* Sri Lanka's joint trade unions express doubt over relief from 2014 budget for working masses
Wed, Nov 20, 2013, 11:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 20, Colombo: The Coordinating Center for a Joint Trade Union Alliance in Sri Lanka has expressed doubts over relief being granted to the working masses by the government in the 2014 budget.

Executive committee member of the Centre, Wasantha Samarasinghe said while the government will present its 2014 budget tomorrow (21) they have learnt that the working masses will not be provided relief as demanded.

He observed that the joint trade union alliance had submitted to the Finance Ministry on a request made by the government a set of 21 proposals including a salary increment of Rs. 10,000 to public sector workers and a Rs. 5,000 payment for private sector workers to be included in the 2014 budget.

"However, we got to know that the government has not included these demands in the 2014 budget," Samarasinghe said, adding that the trade unions would commence an agitation campaign demanding the implementation of the 21 demands made by the working people.

The Center has organized a massive protest today (20) outside the Fort railway station with the participation of state, private and estate sector employees to demand the government to implement their demands.

"After the budget presentation, we will meet and decide on a continuous form of action to win the demands," Samarasinghe added.

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