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* Election chief requests trade unions to refrain from striking ahead of election
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 07:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 06, Colombo: The Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has called on all calls on public servants and employees of corporations, boards, banks, and public sector organizations to refrain from resorting to trade union action in order to win their demands as a national election is underway.

The Elections Commission issuing a statement said since the entire public service is one mechanism during the election process, the trade union action would affect its success.

The Commission said while it recognizes the right of trade unions to strike to win rights, since the announcement of the Presidential Election, it appears that trade unions have resorted to trade union action with various demands.

The Elections Commission has urged all trade unions currently engaged in trade union action to call off their strikes through discussions.

The Commission called on the Railway workers to end the trade union action and resolve the issues through negotiations. The communiqué states that this situation hampers the postal voting services and other activities of the presidential election.

The Elections Commission has pointed out that maximum support of public servants is required to conduct a free and fair election and called upon the public authorities to create a conducive environment for public servants to perform their duties without interruption.

Since the Presidential election needs to be held on the due date under any circumstances, and all actions are taken to the best of its ability, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has called for the assistance of all citizens of Sri Lanka to conduct a free and fair election.

 

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