Army security for CEB staff

Employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) who returned to work today despite protests being staged by others, have been given army security, the Power and Energy Ministry said.

According to the Ministry, over 50 percent of the staff had reported to work today and some of them had faced threats.

CEB employees backed by trade unions have been on strike since yesterday over several demands and the government had decided to recruit temporary staff to ensure the smooth supply of electricity during the protest.

The Power and Energy Ministry said that CEB engineers were working round the clock and so the power supply was not affected by the strike.

CEB employees who faced threats for returning to work were advised to lodge complaints with the army on a special hotline.