The workers were holding a demonstration against the decision by the management to suspend the payment of an allowance granted to them from September 2017, blocking the entrance and exit of the building. The move prevented Ganegala and other senior officials from leaving the building.
The riot police managed to remove all workers from CEB premises, securing the area with police protection. Following clashes between riot police and demonstrators, resulting in at least five being hospitalised for treatment, the unions called for an islandwide strike from 9.00 a.m. today.
“We did not prevent the police from taking the chairman out. But they hit us on the way out. So we have decided to go for strong trade union action,” Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Workers’ Union Secretary Ranjan Jayalal told the Daily FT. (FT)