The All Ceylon Trade Union Federation yesterday urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to intervene to resolve the ongoing crisis between the management and employees of the Sri Lanka Telecom before the whole telecommunication system grinds to a standstill.
The Federation alleged that the Telecom management was resorting to oppressive actions instead of negotiating with the employees.
The go-slow campaign launched by the Sri Lanka Telecom employees took another twist yesterday as they opted to launch a countrywide strike with some high officials allegedly assaulting some striking employees.
Meanwhile, Joint Telecom Trade Union Federation spokesman P. Lansakkara charged that instead of negotiating with the employees to rectify their grievances, high officials assaulted some members engaged in trade union activities.
He also warned that all telecommunication systems are likely to be interrupted due to the strike action as the employees would refrain from working overtime today and tomorrow.
The main demands of the strikers are to introduce a reasonable salary and proper promotion scheme, stopping political appointments and calling an end suppressing trade union action.