Sri Lankan airlines refuse to disclose perks of directors

ECONOMYNEXT – The management of Sri Lanka’s debt-laden national carrier has turned down a request from employees seeking information about the perquisites enjoyed by the board of directors and top officials.

Six trade unions in a joint letter to their chairman Ajith Dias expressed dismay over Sri Lankan refusing the request made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking details of benefits enjoyed by top honchos .

The unions said the RTI request was turned down saying the information was "confidential."

"We the employees, request your clarification on how this information can be labelled as confidential, when it has contributed to the further accumulated debt that you now state, may result in a potential loss of employment of nearly 7,000 individuals," the letter said.

Unions say the airline is a paradise for parasite directors drawing concessionary 10 percent tickets on top of dozens of free tickets to travel long haul routes and enjoy business-class lounges at airports abroad.

In June, the cabinet of ministers grilled the Sri Lankan board and a senior minister said they too had the same question about payments to directors but were yet to get a response. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the time had defused tension by offering to sack the entire board, a promise he is yet to keep.

The unions have also said that both Chairman Dias and Chief Executive Officer Suren Ratwatte were total misfits and should have no role in a restructured national carrier. (COLOMBO, December 14, 2017)

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