Trade unions attached to the power sector say trade union action will be taken in future if the government does not act transparently regarding the Yugadanavi Power Plant agreement.
Speaking to NewsRadio, Committee Member of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya of the Ceylon Electricity Board Ajith Devapriya said yesterday’s protest was a success. Devapriya said trade unions had not made any statement that the country’s electricity would be disrupted during yesterday’s protest.
He said if the agreement with New Fortress is not cancelled, they will summon all employees for trade union action.
He said the subject Minister and the Chairman of the CEB have not seen the agreement and not aware of its conditions.
He added power cuts will be considered in future.
Devapriya said they will not hesitate to take strict trade union action if the government does not reach a favourable solution, adding all other trade unions have also extended their support in this regard.
Commenting on the statement made by the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board that the Yugadanavi Power Plant Agreement was approved by the Attorney General, Devapriya said there were no such legal draft.
He said the agreement must be made public if the Attorney General approved it. He said members of government affiliated parties including Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Vasudeva Nanayakkara have also claimed that they have not seen the agreement.
He urged the government to publish the agreement so that the matter can be discussed and a favourable decision reached.