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Golden Key staff in a tangle

Golden Key (GK) staff are contemplating legal action against the company triggered by Ceylinco officials trying to reclaim company vehicles given to them, GK officials said.

"We are getting a legal opinion as to what to do, because currently we do not have a manager or a director and there is no response from the Chairman's (Lalith Kotelawala's) office," a GK staff member told The Sunday Times FT. When contacted, Wasantha Samarasinghe, President, Inter-company Employees’ Union which has a branch at GK, said though 400 staff members come to work everyday, only 10% of the workers are working.

“The security has been taken over by Cisco (another Ceylinco Group firm) replacing GK security, the staff has not been paid overtime and their filtered water supply has been stopped,” he said. The staff member said there are customer calls, and only some calls are answered. “Such is the day at work,” he added. On January 2 the staff lodged a complaint at the Bambalapitiya Police Station with regard to the Chairman's office wanting them to return their vehicles by 5 pm.

Mr. Samarasinghe said the staff had also made a complaint to the Labour Department about the situation. The Sunday Times FT was not able to contact senior management or Mr. Kotelawala despite numerous attempts. GK staff uses 262 cars and 182 motor cycles.

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