Trade Unions representing the energy, petroleum, and ports sectors say the trade union struggle against the government’s process of selling national resources to foreign powers will commence tomorrow.
Speaking during a media briefing today, Spokesman Ananda Palitha said protests would be staged tomorrow opposite the headquarters of the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Colombo Harbour and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Kolonnawa Storage Terminal.
Ananda Palitha warned the government that the struggle against the sale of national resources to foreign powers including the transfer of shares in the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power Plant to an American company will commence island-wide.
He said all trade union action will be halted if the government takes a step back in their current course of action.
He said tomorrow begins the era of protecting the country’s resources adding they will not let the government halt their action through the issuance of Gazette notifications.
Palitha said they will utilise all available trade union assets at 12 CPC sites, all ports and all CEB offices. He said they will not step back from their trade union action under any circumstance.
On a separate note, Palitha said the trade unions condemned the internal opposition from the government against Ministers Udaya Gammanpila and Wimal Weerawansa who are voicing their opposition over the transfer of shares of the Yugadanavi Power Plant to an American company.
He extended an invitation to Minister Udaya Gammanpila to join their trade union struggle against the sale of national resources.
Ananda Palitha said however they will not be misled by false narratives adding the Minister has a right to stand with the trade unions tomorrow