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NPP Leader calls for debate on economic policies, sets deadline for SJB

May 02, Colombo (LNW): Leader of the National People’s Power (NPP), MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, delivered a resolute message during the NPP’s May Day rally yesterday (01), calling upon the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) to confirm a date for the proposed debate on economic policies before May 20.

Speaking at the rally organised by the NPP, Dissanayake emphasised that this would be the party’s final May Day event under what he characterised as the governance of corrupt individuals.

“Today, as we gather for the last May Day rally under the rule of those who have tarnished our nation, the National People’s Power stands firm,” Dissanayake asserted.

Addressing the ongoing dialogue with the SJB, Dissanayake expressed frustration, stating, “The constant badgering from the SJB… They persistently call for a debate. We provided them with a four-day window. However, they claim to be occupied during all four days and nights. Therefore, we have requested them to propose a date before May 20.”

The NPP Leader further declared that they remain prepared for any day, as only then can they put an end to this persistent insistence.

The NPP held a vibrant May Day rally yesterday, advocating for worker rights and economic justice amidst a backdrop of national challenges. The rally gathered supporters and activists from across the country to voice concerns and propose solutions to pressing issues facing workers and citizens.

Addressing the rally, Dissanayake emphasised the importance of prioritising the welfare of workers and ensuring their rights are upheld in all sectors of the economy.

He underscored the need for fair wages, safe working conditions, and protection against exploitation and discrimination.

The NPP’s key proposals included, living wages advocating for minimum wage reforms to ensure that all workers receive fair compensation for their labour, enabling them to meet their basic needs and support their families, worker protections, calling for stronger labour laws and enforcement mechanisms to safeguard workers’ rights, including provisions for collective bargaining, workplace safety regulations, and protection against unfair dismissal, economic justice, highlighting the need for policies that promote economic equality and reduce wealth disparities, such as progressive taxation, redistribution of resources, and support for small-scale enterprises and cooperatives, and solidarity and unity, stressing the importance of solidarity among workers, trade unions, and social movements in advocating for meaningful change and holding those in power accountable.

The rally also featured cultural performances, speeches by labour leaders, and displays of solidarity with workers’ struggles worldwide.

Photo Courtesy: Ajith Senevirathne

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