The Cabinet paper presented by President Chandrika Kumaratunga on restructuring the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Ceylon Electricity Board is expected to be presented to the Cabinet tomorrow without change despite vehement opposition by the JVP, government sources said yesterday.
The Cabinet paper on restructuring the CEB and the CPC was signed by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama and Power and Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha before it was presented to the Cabinet last month.
Following protests by the JVP in the Cabinet with the CEB and CPC trade unions threatening strikes, the cabinet paper was held back.
Talks were held with the JVP to reach a compromise and assurances were given that the two institutions would not be privatised.
Meanwhile the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineer`s Union yesterday warned it would take tough trade union action if the government went ahead with the same Cabinet paper.
The union rejected statements by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama that electricity rates and generating costs could be reduced if the CEB was restructured.