Trade Unions yesterday threatened to cripple the harbour, railway, petroleum and electricity services if the government decides to go ahead with the Electricity Bill in Parliament once again.
The earlier plan to introduce the Bill on June 17 was postponed.
`Our strict action would certainly cause immense hardships to the public but the Government should be held responsible, Harbour, Railway, Petroleum and Electricity Combine Trade Unions Alliance Convenor Sumathipala Manawadu told a press conference in Colombo.
Today, June 13, there will be a protest rally in front of the CEB Headquarters in Colombo where the hidden agenda of the Government to privatize the CEB would be spelt out, he said.
Whenever the Government planned to come out with hidden moves they were ready to confront it.
H. A. Ranjan Jayalal, representing 27 trade unions of the CEB, said that Power and Energy Minister W. D. J Seneviratne was not happy with the so called Bill but it seems that he too was being pressured.
He said that neither the CEB Chairman Udayasri Kariyawasam nor CEB General Manager Ranjith Pulleperuma were aware of the said Bill. `We have reliable information that this Bill is drafted by parties with vested interest under the instructions of international financial organizations.`
Jayalal, who is also Convenor of the JVP backed Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya, said they have a duty towards the 3.8 million electricity consumers and serving them was their priority.
`In the event of this Bill passed, a majority of electricity consumers will have to live in the dark`, Jayalal said and cautioned the Government to act with responsibility when making decisions that are linked to the national security.