Nov 07, 2017

TU leaders worldwide to stage protest in Colombo

Trade union leaders from across the world will be staging a protest demonstration in Colombo tomorrow (08) demanding the government to implement Wages Board ordinance amendments, Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) Joint Secretary Anton Marcus said.

More than 150 members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from 50 countries will be joining hundreds of Sri Lankan workers at a demonstration in Lipton Circus in Colombo to make this demand to protect the rights of Lankan workers.

The amendment to the article 59A of the wages board ordinance seeks to limit and restrict the employment of manpower workers in the core work of business and where the work is regular and permanent in nature.

Unions in Sri Lanka demand the government to implant the amendments to stamp out the prevalence of precarious contract work in the country.

Though the amendments were proposed in 2009, this will be the first massive demonstration calling for its implementation.

IndustriALL’s five main affiliates will participate in the protest demonstration.

IndustriALL Global Union based in Genewa represents 50 million workers world wide.

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