Apr 30, Colombo: President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena has failed to respond to a request made by 100 trade union leaders of the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated National Trade Union Center (NTUC).
Head of the NTUC, K.D. Lalkantha wrote to the President last week seeking an appointment on Friday (May 1) to present five demands of the working masses that the government should respond.
When inquired, Lalkantha said the trade union leaders have not been granted an appointment for a meeting.
"Even an acknowledgement to letter has been not been sent by the President's office," the trade union leader and JVP politburo member said.
The five demands of the trade unions are: 1. Add all allowances of public sector workers to the basic salary. 2. Making legal provisions to grant the Rs. 2,500 salary increase promised in the 100 day programme to the private sector workers. 3. Increase the daily wage of estate sector workers to Rs. 800. 4. Grant permanent employment to manpower workers in their respective institutions. 5. Address salary issues of pensioners.