crisis continues despite PM’s mediation
By Lenin Amarawickrama
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse last week intervened
in the dispute between the management and workers at the Bata shoe
factory, which enters its second month, but failed to resolve the
a meeting called by the Prime Minister, Bata Managing Director in
Sri Lanka, Kym Bradley said he would reinstate 450 out of 595 workers
currently involved in the stay-in-strike which was launched demanding
the reinstatement of their trade union leader Sunil Hettiarachchi
among other demands.
Prime Minister had urged both parties to end the strike. President
of the parent union of the Bata branch, Linus Jayatillake said the
offer was not acceptable.
workers want all 595 workers reinstated,” he said. Mr. Hettiarachchi
was sacked for exposing alleged corruption by the Bata management
but his case will now come up for arbitration before a labour tribunal.
Bradley, who confirmed to The Sunday Times the company's position
at the meeting with the Prime Minister, said Bata also offered to
take immediate action to deposit all EPF dues in the Central Bank,
a key demand of the unions.
Bata chief said compensation would be paid to the 146 workers due
to be retrenched but was opposed to their reinstatement.