The government on Wednesday vowed to resort to legal action if they were unable to solve the problems of Prima employees - who are currently staging a fast - at the meeting with the Company management today.
Labour Minister Athauda Seneviratne disclosed in Parliament on Wednesday in response to a query raised by JVP MP Wasantha Samarasinghe who is also the President of the Inter Company Employees Union.
Mr. Seneviratne said the employers could not remove workers in such an arbitrary manner and they would hold talks today to sort out the problem.
?Such action is illegal. This can be another new tactic by employers. We have to introduce new regulations to neutralize such attempts,? he said.
He said the government could go to the Labour Tribunal as the first step to take legal action.
?Otherwise we can get the company to pay compensation to the employees who were removed from service. We will not go to that extent. Instead, we will try to solve the problem while ensuring their employment at the company,? he said.
Mr. Samarasinghe presented the Adjournment Motion in this regard, and JVP Trincomalee district MP Jayantha Weerasekara seconded it.
Mr. Samarasinghe said the Prima Company had violated the norms in the International Labour Charter and the 26th provision of the country`s Constitution by removing 1600 employees who agitated for reasonable demands.