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Sri Lanka CEB engineers threaten TU action; no co-operation with regulator

Apr 17, 2018 09:15 AM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Engineers at Sri Lanka's state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has given notice of a work-to-rule campaign from April 20, which can delay the fixing of breakdowns, saying the government ignored earlier requests over halting planned plants and building ad hoc ones.

The engineers said they will also stop co-operating with the regulator.

The state power utility and its engineers have an ongoing battle with the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, after the regulator changed a power generation plan saying liquefied natural gas plants were cheaper than coal.

Though the government had given a hearing to the complaint, which they said would not get any personal benefits to the membership, the Union said it had "not seen any firm steps being taken barring a few assurances."

As a result CEB engineers would work-to-rule from April 20.

Engineers said its members would now work strictly from 8.30 and 4.15 pm except for those on shift duty and they will not 'on call' whatever the urgent matter that required attention.

Members on technical evaluation committees, joint working groups and special assignments will withdraw.

Members will strictly follow safety and other rules, and will not take any risks based on their judgement.

The Union said it was also launching an action of no co-operation with the power regulator questioning the conduct of some officials who were not named and demanding that they be replaced.

"Accordingly, our members will not be having any contacts or communications with the PUCSL either written or otherwise," 

The union said the work-to-rule can lead to extended breakdowns but all efforts to will be made to maintain service to hospital and the defence services. (Colombo/Mar17/2018)