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SLT TUs Threaten Island Wide Strike

Aug 7, 2011 9:00:17 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Trade unions affiliated to Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) have threatened to launch an island wide strike if the authorities fail to grant 10 demands put forward by the employees.

The threat of an island wide strike comes after SLT authorities obtained a court order last Friday preventing unions from resorting to trade union action.

The 10 demands put forward by the unions include the settling of salary anomalies, granting promotions and increasing transport and food allowances.

Head of the Telecommunication Workers Union, Jagath Gurusinghe has said that 21 trade unions were involved in the union action.

Gurusinghe has said the demands were reasonable requests.

The unions have also called on the SLT management to stop corruption, wastage and irregularities at the institution, which earns an annual revenue of around Rs. 33 billion.

Meanwhile, SLT CEO Greig Young has said that many proposals put forward by the management following numerous discussions with the trade unions to resolve the issues have been rejected by members of a few unions.