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Over 200 Public Sector unions to strike over pay demands

July 08, Colombo (LNW): More than 200 public sector trade unions, including Grama Niladhari officers and surveyors, will commence a strike by taking ‘sick leave’ today (08) and tomorrow (09), the Trade Unions Collective revealed.

Government employees from various sectors such as postal services, surveying, agricultural regulation, Grama Niladhari officers, development officers, and prosperity officers are participating in this industrial action.

N.M. Wijeratne, President of the State and Provincial Public Management Association, stressed that these unions are protesting to demand a salary increase.

Chinthaka Bandara, co-convener of the United Postal Trade Unions’ Front, noted that postal workers began their strike at 4 p.m. yesterday (07) in support of this movement.

Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU), mentioned that while the CTU reported to work today, they will join the strike by taking sick leave tomorrow (09).

The Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Nurses’ Association have opted not to participate in the strike, ensuring that healthcare services continue uninterrupted.

Despite this, there is a significant risk of disruption to public services due to the planned strike action by trade union representatives today.

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