Today on 16th, Policemen attached to the Colombo Fort Railway Station tried to sabotage the Poster Campaign organized by the joint Trade Unions attached to Government, Semi Government and private sectors against the 20th amendment to the constitution. A police officer claiming as the OIC of the Police Station stated that he can’t allow any activity against the government activities near the railway station. Further he threatened to arrest such people under the quarantine law. When trade union leaders informed him that they are doing the poster campaign according to the quarantine rules keeping 1meter distance and wearing masks the police officer informed that he can’t allow to do anything as trade union needs.
When union leaders informed him that the salaries of every government officers are increased by the struggles of trade unions, he said his salary was increased according to the circular issued in 1995. Further he said if union activists put up posters he will arrange to remove those.
However, later union leaders put up the posters on the boards around the railway station. Addressing the media the Union leaders stated that if the Government carry forward the process to get the approval for the 20th amendment despite the corona virus trade unions also have the every right to protest against such attept of the Govt. Com. Joseph Stalin, Sylvester Jayakody and Ravi Kumudesh addressed the media.
By Wijepala Weerakoon