An advisory committee consisting of trade union members is to be appointed in every ministry following instructions given by President Mahinda Rajapakse after talks with union leaders recently.
President Rajapakse came to this decision after several railway trade unions brought to his attention the sudden suspension of 450 casual labourers from the Railway Department.
This committee is to look into all recruitments, dismissals and development work within each of its ministries and all members are to seek counsel from the committee before any decisions are made. Furthermore, it was said that if these instructions were not followed the President will personally intervene.
The All Ceylon Trade Union Federation (ACTUF) in a gathering organised by the President said that the move made by Transport Minister AHM Fowzie was not ?very ethical?, and questioned the minister`s motives on the dismissal of the labourers who were recruited by former Railways Minister Felix Perera immediately after he took office.
They added that Mr Fowzie should have at least had discussions with the trade unions and Minister Felix Perera before he decided to go ahead with the suspension, in answer to which the President cancelled the suspension and said that discussions should be held as suggested before any decisions are made.