The Sri Lanka Nidahas Sewaka Sangamaya (SLNSS) at SriLankan Airlines joined hands with Immigration and Emigration Officers to suspend services at VIP terminals at all airports in Sri Lanka for Ministers and MPs, until the politicians get around a table and come up with solutions for the public’s pressing issues.
In a statement, the SLNSS expressed its disgust over parliamentarians intentionally avoiding their duties and responsibilities while a national crisis is gripping the public.
“The parliamentarians keep avoiding their duties and responsibilities while depending on people’s tax money. They even enjoy special privileges while the people are suffering day and night in long queues. We strongly condemn this disgusting conduct by parliamentarians,” the union said.
“All political parties must take responsibility for the current national and economic crisis in Sri Lanka. However, even in this particular national crisis, the politicians have failed to pull their act together and come up with possible solutions. The proposals, especially about forming an interim government, presented by the majority of the people, civil society organisations and religious leaders have been completely ignored by Sri Lanka’s Parliament. They have miserably failed to work together despite their party differences during a national crisis,” they stressed.
Therefore, the SLNSS says it will engage in trade union action by withdrawing all services at VIP terminals at all airports for Ministers and Parliamentarians. “The trade union action will be in effect until an all-party government is established and the current crises are resolved”.
By Methmalie Dissanayake