Several trade unions in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Katunayaka staged a massive protest against the government’s proposed pension scheme for the private sector.
The protest was organized by 26 trade unions affiliated to the private sector at the airport junction on the main Katunayaka-Colombo Road. A large number of FTZ workers participated in it and a majority of them are reportedly from the garment factories in the zone.
The protesters have called on the government to withdraw the piece of legislation to implement the pension scheme, which they claim is not in the best interest of the working masses.
The local media reported that the protest had caused a massive traffic block in the area.