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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

JVP-UNP-TNA strike was unsuccessful says the government

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 11 July, ( Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that the Thursday‘s strike was unsuccessful and it shows utter failure of the JVP and the UNP. Addressing a press conference held in Colombo on Thursday, he said government is ready to face any type of challenges in future. He said government did not block the Thursday’s strike and not appealed to the masses not to attend the strike.

“Entire transport sector and other essential services were normal, he said. He also reiterated that the JVP shows fake data about the failed strike action strike.

In the Parliament, Government MPs asked yesterday the JVP MP and Trade Union leader K.D. Lalkantha to keep his pledge to resign from his post as MP, if Thursday’s general strike fails as they said it had been proven that the strike was an utter failure.

Parliamentarian Lal Kantha said in parliament yesterday that he would resign from his parliamentary post as well as from the leadership of the national trade unions center if the strike became unsuccessful. Minister and a deputy organizer of the government Mahindananda Aluthgamage raising a point of order in parliament on Thursday morning inquired from Mr. Lal Kantha whether he will keep his promise.

“It is sad that we will loose a good MP from Anuradhapura because MP Lalkantha has to resign now as he pledged to do on the floor of this House on Wednesday, Deputy Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.

Several other government speakers too expressed similar sentiments.

Reports receiving from many parts of the country say that the strike launched by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, United National Party and the LTTE’s proxt TNA has been a complete failure.

Police Media Spokesman and Senior SP Ranjith Gunasekera said attendance of employees in the city of Colombo and outstations has exceeded 80 percent. The essential services such as transport, health and electricity are being implemented satisfactorily. A special security is also underway. The Ministry of Education says all schools are functioning normally. Additional secretary of the Ministry of Education in the western province said attendance of teachers in the provincial councils is 100 percent.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board Tudor Dayaratne said that yesterday, 240 additional buses have been deployed for service.

Additional general manager railways P.H. Silva said all trains ran on schedule as all employees have reported for duty. There was no change in the train timetable even yesterday afternoon as well.

Chairman of the western province road passenger authority J.M. Somasiri said no acts of sabotage have been reported in private bus transport in the western province.

President of the Ceylon Private Bus Owners Association Gemunu Wijeratne explained that none of the buses of his association were engaged in yesterday’s strike. He added that the association rejected strikes of this nature, which are being carried out with political objectives.

The Ministry of Health said that there were no disruptions in the patients’ treatment in the services in the government hospitals. The attendance of workers was above 90 percent. A large number of persons were reported to have come forward voluntarily to assist in the treatment of the patients. Yesterday, all trade union members of the JVP at the state pharmaceutical manufacturing corporation reported for work. A group of rabble-rousers belonging to the JVP have caused grievous injuries to three members of the ambulance drivers’ union at the Kandy teaching hospital, who refused to obey the orders of the JVP union leadership to refrain from attending to work. One of the drivers Lalith Jayawardena was admitted to intensive care union at the Kandy hospital.

Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said compensations will be provided to the injured workers and stern action will be taken against those who are responsible for the attack.

Chief organizer Horana of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Vidura Wickramanayake said the complete failure of the strike reflects the support of the masses for the programme of the government to develop the country by defeating terrorism. He also extended the gratitude of the government for the intelligence decision taken by the general public not to betray the country for a demand to seek a 5,000 rupee salary increase.

Meanwhile JVP parliamentarian K.D. Lalkantha claimed that the strike was 70% successful. He also added that the Trade Unions would meet on Friday to plan a series of strikes. He said this strike is the beginning of series of strike. Lal Kantha told journalists in Colombo that 660 affiliate trade unions and many others have extended their support to the strike.

- Asian Tribune -

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