The Inter Company Employees’ Union (ICEU) has demanded that salaries of private sector employees be increased by a minimum of 40%.
ICEU Head Wasantha Samarasinghe told The Sunday Leader that the ICEU has decided to launch a campaign calling for a minimum 40% increase of private sector salaries.
He said that the average salary of about 80% private sector employees were around Rs. 10,000.
“It is the 6.5 million private sector work force that drives the economy,” he said.
He observed that the government has also failed to push the private sector to grant a decent pay hike to the employees or to amend the old mechanisms related to granting pay hikes to the private sector.
According to existing laws, the minimum salary of a private sector employee is Rs. 6,900, which is an archaic piece of legislation, he said.
He added that even the salary board established for the private sector covers only 2.1 million private sector employees.
Samarasinghe said that given the 67% increase in commodity prices under the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, steps needed to be taken to grant a 40% salary hike to the private sector workers.
He said the ICEU is to commence a poster campaign and a leaflet distribution campaign, which is to be followed by combined action with other trade unions next month.