Government decides that the proposed private sector pension scheme will not be applicable for Free Trade Zones and affiliated institutions.
A group of employees of the Free Trade Zone staged a protest this morning on the influence of certain political party. They were protesting against the bill which the government has planned for the purpose of ensuring the security of the future of private sector workers. Government representatives including Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne and Parliamentarian Dr. Sudharshani Fernandopulle emphasized that there was no need for the administration to provide a pension to any group forcibly.
After the discussion, the Government decided to withdraw the proposed pension for employees of the Free Trade Zones and affiliated institutions.
In the meantime the Police Headquarters reported that nine police officers suffered injuries due to an attack hurled by Trade Union Members during a disturbance which resulted after the protest staged today. A group of about five thousand had pelted stones on unarmed police officers. Two police vehicles and the Katunayake Police building were damaged. Among the inured police officers are a DIG and an ASP. Some civilians who were also injured in this incident have been hospitalized. However the Negombo Hospital Director said that their condition is not critical. A special police investigation is underway.