The Ceylon Electricity Board Employees Union stresses that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must uphold his promise to the CEB Engineers’ Union.
Speaking to NewsRadio, General Secretary of the Association Ranjan Jayalal said handing over the country’s power generation resources without following the competitive bidding process, will lead to a problematic situation.
Earlier today the CEB Engineers’ Union and several trade unions linked to the energy sector engaged in an indefinite strike as of midnight that has since been called off, over the proposed amendments to the CEB Act.
The CEB Engineers’ Union has vehemently opposed the amendments proposed by Minister of Power Kanchana Wijesekera.
Ranjan Jayalal said they are ready to commence an immediate strike if President Rajapaksa fails to uphold his promise to the CEB Engineers’ Union.
He pointed out that people have been burdened by the high cost of living for increasing price of essentials.
Jayalal noted that members of the government have not experienced these issues, and therefore are looking to hand over the country’s solar and wind resources to the Adani Group.
He called on the government to provide such opportunities to local suppliers.
Ranjan Jayalal said the government is crying crocodile tears and slamming CEB employees over salary increases, while they continue to flood the public with problems.