CEBEU begins ‘level two’ of work-to-rule strike
By Faadhila Thassim
The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) will escalate the on-going work-to-rule campaign that commenced as a trade union action until demands including terminating the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal are met, Secretary of CEBEU, Dhammike Wimalaratne said adding that thereby a level two work-to-rule campaign will commence today (1).
He said when the level one work-to-rule campaign commenced on 25 November, CEB engineers only worked during normal office hours but attended emergencies and breakdowns even after normal working hours.
He added, however, that under the level two work-to-rule campaign, CEB engineers will not attend emergencies and breakdowns after normal work hours and in the event of power outages after working hours, restoration will not take place until the following morning.
Commenting on the power outages reported in several areas on 29 Monday, Wimalaratne said CEB engineers managed to restore power within a reasonable period of time, adding, however, that there will be delay in restoring power following breakdowns from today (1) due to the escalated trade union actions.
He remarked that the main demand is to ensure the discontinuation of the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal claiming it to be an illegal agreement with an American Company, New Fortress Energy which is a bankrupt company and does not in any way merit the selection criteria of an international tender.
The CEBEU’s demands also include that of permitting the on-going transparent Tender Procedure by the CEB for continuous LNG development, to stop attempts to unbundle the CEB, to cease proposed amendments for the Board Act No.17 of 1969, to stop interference and politicisation by the appointment of a new General Manager to the CEB and to stop abrupt and arbitrary transfers of the senior management.