Ranil takes on trade unions, ready to talk

Ranil-Wickramasinghe1Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today questioned the issue some trade unions have with the Government to protest without having talks.

Speaking in Parliament today, the Prime Minister asked if the trade unions who have been holding protests over the past few weeks are opposed to President Maithripala Sirisena.

He said that if some trade unions are willing to sit and discuss their concerns with the Government then he is unable to understand why others can’t do the same.

The Prime Minister listed out the concessions announced by the Government in the 2016 budget and asked if the trade unions are not happy with those concessions.

Wickremesinghe said that some trade unions seem to be protesting for political reasons. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Doctor NM Perera killed Trade Union movement in 1972. Now Ranil is giving life back to Trade Unions. in 1972 Mrs. B’s Government abolished pension Scheme for New Recruits to Government Service. But increased the Contribution to Provident Fund. What did the Trade Unions do? Nothing. JRJ again reinstated the Pension benefits. JRJ also introduced ETF for workers. When UNP is in power Trade Unions are like Lions.

  2. JSS Trade Union arm of the UNP cooperated well with the Mahinda Government , even over riding UNP Decisions. Ranil cannot expect the same from other trade Unions .


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