About 40 trade unions have decided to engage in a massive collective strike today on March 01. Professional Trade Union Alliance (PTUA) that over 40 trade unions from various sectors will engage in an island wide token strike against the government’s oppressive tax policy.
Accordingly, the trade union action is supported by the employees of petroleum, electricity, ports, water supply & drainage, health, education, banking and several other sectors.
President Ranil Wickramasinghe has signed an Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring services related to ports, airports and passenger transport as essential services with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the Railway Union Alliance says that it will organize a massive protest in support of the protest movement called by trade unions against the government’s tax policy.
The presidents of the People’s Bank and the Bank of Ceylon BoC emphasized that their banks are ready to provide maximum service to their customers on March 1.