Several trade unions, including the port workers, state bankers, and hospital doctors, had engaged in their trade union actions against the government's move to impose a huge PAYE tax, increase electricity bills, increase bank interest rates, and urge the government to honour the working people's freedom to exercise their democratic rights.
While protesting, the trade unions said that they would engage in trade union activity to paralyse the country on Wednesday (15) if the president does not listen to them.
Meanwhile, the president of the Sri Lanka Free Workers' Association of the Port Workers, Prasanna Kalutarage said the current issues must be solved through discussions; if not, they will join the massive protest on Wednesday to shut the port until the president steps down.
Therefore, the port workers had engaged in a 48-hour work-to-rule campaign. The protest was held near the port's main entrance against unfair tax revisions at noon during lunch hour. According to the workers, all port trade unions participated. The unions claimed that the government would suffer a huge loss and they should take responsibility for that.
Several state bank employees today reported to work clad in black. They believe that a positive response will be received today; if not, the trade union action will continue to pursue professional avenues.
“A series of protests will be implemented across the country tomorrow.” The strike will continue on Wednesday (15) if we do not find a solution,” the bank employees union said,
However, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) and the Specialist Medical Experts today launched their token strike across the Western, Central, Southern, and Eastern provinces.
Due to the protest, the clinical functionalities and the activities of the outpatient department (OPD) of several hospitals in the Western, Central, Southern, and Eastern provinces were on mute.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said they have decided to engage in continuous trade union action from Wednesday, if the government does not listen to them. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)
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