The President’s Media Division (PMD) in a statement claimed that several trade union representatives said they will not support the hartal tomorrow (6) and take all necessary steps to provide their services uninterrupted.
According to the PMD, the trade union representatives expressed these views during a meeting held with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House on Tuesday (3) evening.
“Trade Union representatives from a number of essential service providing institutions said they will not support the strike which is expected to be launched on 6 May to cause inconvenience to the public to achieve narrow political gains. They said they would take all necessary steps to provide their services uninterrupted.
The Trade Union representatives pointed out that the scheduled strike was not on behalf of workers’ rights, but for the benefit of several political parties.
The strike is aimed at exacerbating the present economic crisis and oppressing the people. Therefore, the union representatives said it was the duty and responsibility of all employees to understand the situation and to ensure that the lives of the people are not inconvenienced,” the PMD statement said.
Furthermore, the President pointed out the need to adopt new methods and move away from political divisions to overcome the economic crisis. The political motive behind the strikes is to intensify the economic crisis, the statement added.
Ministers Dilum Amunugama, Mohan de Silva, Kanchana Wijesekera, Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon and MP Gamini Lokuge, Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath, Secretaries to the Ministries of Transport, Power and Energy and Ports and Shipping, Heads of Institutions and Trade Union representatives were also present at the meeting.