CEBEU suspends work-to-rule

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 4 2021

By Faadhila Thassim

The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) on Friday (3), temporarily called off their work-to-rule campaign, which was being conducted until several demands, including the termination of the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal are met.

President of CEBEU, Saumya Kumarawadu said the suspension of the said campaign was consequent to a favourable response from the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the demands of the Union and that following further discussions with political bigwigs, including the President and the Secretary to President this week, a decision would be taken to totally call off  the campaign or not.

Furthermore, he said that the non-cooperation movement conducted against the Chairman and the General Manager of the CEB from 22 November will continue to be in force.

While the CEBEU carried out a ‘level -1’ work-to-rule campaign from 25 November, it was extended to the ‘level -2’, in which the Engineers did not attend emergency situations and breakdowns following normal work hours from 1 December.

The demands of the CEBEU are to not proceed with the Yugadanavi power plant deal, not to discontinue with the ongoing transparent tender procedure by CEB for LNG deployment, to stop attempts of unbundling CEB, to cease proposed amendments for the Board Act No.17 of 1969, to prevent politicisation of the post of General Manager of CEB and to stop abrupt and arbitrary transfers of the Senior Management. Commenting on the Islandwide power outage on 3 Friday, Kumarawadu stated that the reason for the same was a technical fault of the Kotmale  to Biyagama transmission line and therefore not in any way an act of sabotage.

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 4 2021

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