CEB employees strike against massive salary increase for top ranks

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 01:17 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Employees of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), have resorted to trade union action against an “illegal” salary increase obtained by the higher ranking officers in the institution. The United Trade Union Front of the Ceylon Electricity Board held a protest yesterday against the new management and corruption in front of the CEB’s head office - Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   Employees of the CEB Trade Union Alliance allege that the top ranking professionals and engineers have managed to obtain an under-the-table deal from the previous government that would increase their salaries by over 79%. Senior trade unionists said the former CEB Chairman W. B. Ganegala has granted the special increase. They said although they brought the massive injustice to the attention of the new Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, however, nothing had happened. The employees of CEB today held a protest held in front of the Ministry of Power and Energy after discussions with the Minister Ranawaka held Sunday (19) were unsuccessful. The protesters said that every three years the employers’ salary scheme is revamped and that this year (2015) it had to undergo an amendment.