The National Trade Union Centre (NTUC) has launched a combined trade union alliance to continue with the struggle to win a Rs. 10,000 salary hike for the working masses.
Head of the NTUC, K.D. Lalkantha said the current struggle for the Rs. 10,000 salary increase would be one of the biggest trade union actions to be taken by the working masses with the participation of large number of trade unions in the country.
He said the NTUC has already carried out an island wide poster campaign and a leaflet distribution campaign and that the next step would be to commence campaigns at work places.
He justified the workers’ demand for a Rs. 10,000 salary hike by saying that the monthly expenditure of a family of four according to the Central Bank was Rs.25,344 when President Mahinda Rajapaksa first assumed office in 2005 and the amount by end June 2011 had increased to Rs.42,224, which is a Rs.16,880 increase per month.
Lalkantha noted that trade unions would commence island wide protest campaigns if the government fails to address the demand for a salary hike.