All Ceylon Transport Workers Union (ACTWU) is contemplating legal action against Transport Minister Dallas Allahaperuma for violating the Sri Lanka Transport Board Act (SLTB).
Addressing a press conference in Colombo yesterday, ACTWU General Secretary Sepala Liyanage said: `We have nothing personal against the Transport Minister but if he continues to go by the Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara`s policies, we would resort to legal action followed by a massive agitation campaign`.
Liyanage charged that it was Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara through the Public Enterprises Reforms Commission (PERC) who destroyed the SLTB and continue to do so with Strategic Enterprises Management Agency (SEMA)
Liyanage said more than 90 per cent of the SLTB work force of nearly 42,000 voted for President Mahinda Rajapakse because he understood the pulse of the workers. Now it was up to him to decide on theirfate without seeing them thrown out to the streets.
`We are ready to face any battering like what we received under former Transport Minister A.H.M. Fowzie. We are prepared to safeguard the rights of SLTB workers even at the risk of our ribs and bones broken` he said.
He said, at a meeting with the Transport Minister in
March, he had agreed to sort out employees` grievances after examining the 25 proposals presented to him. He requested three months to settle these matters, however he had failed to attend to it, he added.
Liyanage said that SLTB the is the only institution in the country where salaries were not paid on time. No employee is sure when he would get his salary`, he said.