Government unable to control economic situation: TUs

  • Cite hardships to workforce due to essential commodity price hikes 

BY Dinitha Rathnayake

The Government is unable to control the current situation in the country, claimed the National Trade Union Front.

Speaking to the media, trade union (TU) leader Saman Rathnapriya said that the essential commodity prices have increased immensely, thereby giving a hard time to the public.

“The Government is facing an economic crisis where prices of essential commodities have increased by 40%.” 

According to him, Rs. 61,900 has to be spent monthly for a five-member family in Colombo, whereas the average private sector salary is Rs. 16,500, and the average public sector salary is in the range of Rs.24,000.

Around 600,000 individuals in the workforce are facing a huge crisis at the moment, he added.

The control prices imposed on gas, milk powder, wheat flour, and cement were recently lifted, and as a result, the prices of these goods were increased.