Though SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and other senior Ministers promised to take disciplinary action against Minister Mervyn Silva, who along with some thugs entered the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and assaulted the News Director, so far nothing positive has happened. Instead, investigations were being made to victimise the workers of the Rupavahini Corporation, JVP trade union leader, Parliamentarian K. D. Lalkantha told The Island yesterday (31).
The entire country knew what had happened at the SLRC but now there were investigations taking place against the employees who are being questioned as to who authorised the use of cameras, air time and so forth, he said.
`This procedure is totally wrong. People who entered the SLRC with goons were not punished, but the workers have been threatened, stabbed and intimidated during the last few days. All trade unions of the SLRC, irrespective of their party allegiance, gathered recently to discuss the situation,` he said.
Lal Kantha said there had been instances in the past where when a doctor or a Divisional Secretary was threatened or assaulted by a politician, protests were staged and immediate action was taken against the culprits. However, though the entire country witnessed the ugly incident at the SLRC, no action has been taken against the trespassers, he said.
`We, as trade unionists, have considered the plight of the employees of SLRC and decided to take stern union action,` Lal Kantha said.