Ceylon Electricity Board Engineering Union has confirmed that they will be on strike from midnight today.
Speaking in this regard, CEBEU chairman Anil Ranjith Induwara said their trade union action is a protest against plans to amend the Ceylon Electricity Board Act.
“The government is preparing to amend the CEB Act. This Act was implemented in 2009 and it was amended in 2013. Pursuant to the Act, the process of competitive bidding in electricity procurement [from private sector] assures that the general public receives electricity for at the least cost,” he explained.
Mr. Induwara alleged that this proposed amendment, which is to be tabled in the parliament on the 9th [of June], is an attempt to scratch the competitive bidding the process.
Accordingly, the CEBEU has decided to resort to a trade union to protest the government’s move to amend the CEB Act.