The Petroleum, Power, and Energy Trade Union Alliance will engage in a joint protest today against the sale of state assets in order to protect resources of the three sectors.
Accordingly, a protest has been organized opposite the Colombo Fort Railway Station at noon today.
Subsequent to the protest, the Ports Trade Union Alliance said they will march to the President’s House and hand over a petition to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The main demand is the prompt cancellation of the Cabinet Paper submitted by the present government to sell 13 acres of land that is crucial for the future development of the port, to Chinese company CICT.
General Secretary of the All Ceylon Ports General Employees Union Niroshan Gorakanage speaking to NewsRadio said the government that came into power claiming it will reacquire all state assets which were sold, are now engaged in selling more state assets.
Gorakanage said the subject Minister tabled a Cabinet Paper on the 21st of July pertaining to selling assets of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
He said trade unions have been continuously making written requests for discussions, urging the government to halt attempts to sell the 13 acres of land and other resources of the Port adding however they have received no response.
Meanwhile, Co-Convenor of the Alliance Ranjan Jayalal said all employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board will join the trade union action at noon today and will then engage in a protest march.
He said employees will report sick and join the union action. Jayalal added certain trade unions are being used to hamper ongoing union action.
He said they decided to launch union action in order to safeguard national security and state assets