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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

The way forward for Sri Lankan public sector workers

[b]The way forward for Sri Lankan public sector workers[/b]

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are taking part today in industrial action for a 65 percent wage increase to enable them and their families to cope with rising prices. Many more workers, as well as the urban and rural poor, are looking at this struggle and considering what they can do to reverse the steady deterioration of living standards.

However, far from transforming the campaign into a broad movement against the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its ruthless agenda of market reform, the trade union leaders have from the outset sought to confine and limit it. Some have refused to take part and actively tried to sabotage the campaign. Others have pulled out, saying they will work with the government to "solve the problem".

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