A Special Committee comprising Trade Union representatives is to consider solutions to salary anomalies and draft a Service Minutes. This was revealed at a discussion of Trade Union Representatives which was chaired by President Rajapaksa and organized at Temple Trees.
The Committee has to prepare the dossier incorporating the related recommendations before October this year. The related recommendations will be used in arriving at decisions on salaries in the 2011 budget. The meeting was summoned to solicit proposals and views of Trade Union representatives in the formulation of the 2011 budget. Another aim of the meeting was to discuss problems encountered by Trade Unions. The President expressing his views at this discussion emphatically stated that he will not permit anyone to meet their aspirations by betraying the country.
The President requested not to make demands to cut the GSP and attack him. It would impact the economy. Anyone could attack him. He is prepared to face such attacks. But he urged that the country should not be destroyed through such initiatives. He also urged not to destroy the working class. He said he considered that the Trade Unions were not acting in an irresponsible manner. It anyone claimed that the Government was suppressing labour movements, it is incorrect. It is a great sin to say so. No one can claim that the the Government has done so. The President emphasized that the Government had not at all suppressed any movement in the country
The President seized the opportunity to apprise Trade Union representatives of the relief planned to be granted to the people in the next budget. Several Parliamentarians and senior Government officials were present at this discussion.