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Over 200 Public Sector Trade Unions Begin Strike Action

More than 200 public sector trade unions, including Grama Niladhari officers and surveyors, are participating in a “sick leave” protest today (8) and tomorrow (9), according to the Trade Unions Collective.

Government officials from various sectors, such as postal workers, surveyors, agricultural regulators, Grama Niladhari officers, development officers, and prosperity officers, will join the strike starting today (8).

N.M. Wijeratne, President of the State and Provincial Public Management Association, stated that the unions are protesting to demand several improvements, including a salary increase.

Chinthaka Bandara, co-convener of the United Postal Trade Unions’ Front, mentioned that postal workers commenced their strike at 4 p.m. yesterday (7) in support of this action.

Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU), reported that while the CTU reported to work today, they plan to participate in the sick leave protest tomorrow (9).

Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Nurses’ Association have decided not to support the strike, ensuring that healthcare sector operations continue without disruption.

However, there remains a significant risk of public service disruptions due to the widespread participation of trade union representatives in the planned strike action today.

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