He told Parliament today that the strike had been launched without engaging in negotiations to address the issue at hand.
The Minister said that the strike had been launched over a demand to increase salaries despite the current Government increasing the salaries on several occasions.
Hakeem said that, based on calculations, the Water Board employees were demanding another 3 percent salary increase.
The Minister questioned if it was fair to inconvenience the public just for a 3 percent salary increase. (Colombo Gazette)