Sri Lanka CEB technical staff still working after late board meeting

ECONOMYNEXT – Many Sri Lankan electrical superintendents in state-run Ceylon Electricity Board are still working despite a strike threat after news filtered in that a late evening board meeting of the Ceylon Electricity Board was cancelled, sources at the utility said.

Electrical superintendents had threatened to join a strike with non-technical staff after a board meeting to include them in a unified engineering service with an increment was cancelled. However, they were later told that the proposal was approved at a board meeting later in the day.

The move may reduce the likelihood of a blackout, a CEB official said. CEB engineers and some technical grades were keeping the grid energised despite a strike by other workers.

Technical grades were expected to get around a 10 percent salary hike as included in the engineering service. Next January, all CEB staff are due to get a 25 percent salary hike.

A non-technical union backed by the Janatha Vimukthi Permunca launched a strike last week, asking for a hike higher than 25 percent from next year. (Colombo/Sept19/2017)

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