Ranjan Jayalal, General Secretary of the Ceylon Electricity Employees Union, announced that 5,000 Electricity Board employees are convening a special discussion via Zoom tonight (20). The purpose of the meeting is to address concerns over the perceived repression of employees and discuss potential legal actions against the suspension of those who reported sick leave as part of their protest against the sale of state property.
The employees are expressing their willingness to collectively resign if such repression continues. Jayalal emphasized that the meeting aims to explore legal avenues against the suspension and to seek discussions with the relevant minister to address the grievances.
He mentioned that all trade unions within the Electricity Board have already initiated discussions to devise strategies to lift the suspension of affected employees. Additionally, discussions on mobilizing trade unions across various sectors, including state, semi-state, estates, and private entities, against the suppression of trade unions and the sale of state property are underway. Important decisions are expected to be made in this regard.
Jayalal asserted that they will not permit the passage of a bill to sell the Electricity Board in Parliament and will seek the support of all trade unions on Monday (22).