Trade unions assure there will be no power outages due to protests

The joint alliance of trade unions of electricity, ports and petroleum services has organized a series of protests to be staged today (November 03) against the selling of national resources.

Speaking on the matter, the Convener of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Joint Trade Union Alliance, Ranjan Jayalal said the protests are scheduled to kick off near the CEB head office at 12 noon this afternoon. However, there will be no power outages owing to the protest, he noted.

Additionally, protests will also be staged in front of the Colombo Port, Kolonnawa oil refinery, Sapugaskanda oil refinery.

The trade unions intend to urge the government to call off the agreement executed with the United States-based New Fortress Energy Inc. with regard to the Yugadanavi Power Plant in Kerawalapitiya and to reveal its particulars.

Ranjan Jayalal also stressed that this is not a strike action.

Meanwhile, CEB Chairman M.M.C. Ferdinando said it is a breach of discipline if the employees do not take part in emergency maintenance work by attending the protests in violation of the orders of the administration.