All work in the public sector will grind to a halt at midnight today when employees begin a one-day token strike in protest over the salary revision, in the public service, proposed by the Tissa Devendra Committee. Public Sector Trade Union`s Salaries Review Committee officials told The Island yesterday (14) that the recommendations were heavily tilted in favour of the executive and higher grades.
The token strike will take place despite President Mahinda Rajapakse`s assurance to TUs that the National Council for Adminsitration, chaired by Tissa Devendra, would be dissolved and reconstituted. He had also assured that he would bring up a formula to resolve the salary revision dispute by noon today.
Convenor of the Union`s Salary Review Committee, P. Sampath Rajitha said about 400 TUs in the public sector had faith that President Rajapaske would reconstitute the National Council for Administration and remove the anomalies created by the Tissa Devendra Committee, which recommended a 65 percent pay hike to the already well paid Executives, while a majority were to get 25 per cent increase.
He said public sector TU who joined the one day token strike, will march to Viharamahadevi Park on Thursday (15) evening to join in a demonstration rally to be held at Town Hall to draw the attention of the government on their problems.