Tense situation at Swarnavahini, CEO escorted out by Police

A tense situation arose at the Swarnavahini television station today forcing the Police to be called in to provide protection and escort the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mahen Perera out of the office.

The tense situation arose when most of the Swarnavahini television staff agitated over the presence of Mahen Perera in the office after they were told yesterday that he was removed from the post.

The staff had formed a trade union recently and pushed for Perera’s removal as they had several concerns.

However the management issued letters to the staff who formed the trade union terminating their service.

The staff however challenged their termination and as the issue went public the management reinstated them and assured that Perera will be removed.

However today Perera had turned up in office on the basis that he will continue to operate as the head of the radio network of Swarnavahini which includes Shree FM and EFM.

Swarnavahini staff however objected to him holding any post in the network and threatened to forcefully remove him.

The Police were later called in by the management to escort Perera out of the office.

Swarnavahini was just recently taken over by a foreign company.  (Colombo Gazette)


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