CEB Unions insist on 30% pay rise; decision on TU action tomorrow

Members of the Ceylon Electricity Workers Union say they will decide tomorrow when to re-commence trade union action to obtain the 30% pay rise, despite the Government agreeing to an immediate hike of 25%.

President of the Union, Ranjan Lal said that they would not settle for anything less than 30%, as their initial demand had been for a 45% pay hike.

However, a group of workers have said they accept the 25% hike. “Some of our members have sided with the Government, and agreed to the 25% hike, but we will not agree to it,” he said. The Government has already begun the process of granting a 25% pay hike from this month to CEB employees, with instructions already sent out to the relevant authorities.

The Government said on Tuesday that it has decided to give a 25% pay hike, to CEB, CPC and Water Board employees.

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