Unions say the 2022 Budget is the history’s first budget in the which salaries of state sector employees were not increased.
Speaking during a media briefing today, trade unionists Ananda Palitha said the 2022 Budget is a burden to the country.
He said the proposal to increase the retirement age of public servants to 65 years has deprived the new generation of the right to enter the public service.
Palitha said the present administration would have had the right not to increase the salaries of the state sector employees had it not increased the prices of essential items since the time they took over from the Good Governance government.
He said the present administration has only managed to bring the state sector employees to the streets through its actions.
On a separate note, trade unionists Ananda Palitha said a serious situation has arisen in all sectors at present adding the government has let go of the citizens’ right to life.
He said the country was not at the brink of bankruptcy nor was there a foreign exchange crisis when the present administration came into power.
Palitha said Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Bandula Gunawardana at the time claimed there was no need for a government if it was determining prices of items according to the world market.
He said just after two years, the country is in disarray.