Appointing a member of the SLFP as the government printer would jeopardize all the elections that are to be held in the future. Government Printer is the official printer and publisher for the Government of Sri Lanka. All ballot papers are printed in Government Press. Appointing a ruling party sympathizer as the head of the Department leads to suspicion regarding printing of ballot papers.
Also, employees say the appointment would jeopardize the existence of the establishment. Printing matters connected with ‘Nil Pawra’ (Blue wall) programme have been done at the Government Press. The trade unions’ view is that this environment would be a serious situation in future elections. Several who represent trade unions of the SLFP are close associates of the Printer.
The representatives of the Trade Unions Collective met leaders of the JVP today (22nd) and discussed the serious situation. Subsequently, the JVP leaders and trade union representatives talked to the media.
The Secretary of International Affairs of the JVP Somawansa Amarasinghe and Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi participated from the JVP while the Trade Unions Collective was represented by Sarath Lal Perera, T.T. Thimbiripola, Asanga Sandaruwan, Isuru Sri Sampath, Pradeep Rajasooriya, G.G. Senevirtna, S.I. Perera and Lalith Indika.