The President of National Trade union Center K.D. Lal Kantha challenged the Leader of ‘Yahapalana’ government President Maithripala Sirisena that imposes taxes at will to close at least one wine store if he is genuine about good governance in the country.
Mr. Lal Kantha made this challenge at the 18th Convention of the All Ceylon Transport Workers Union held at Shalika Hall in Narahenpita yesterday (7th).
Speaking further Mr. Lal Kantha said, “A massive struggle would be launched to win back the people’s rights that were slashed by the budget and to get salaries increased. People will definitely rally around struggles that are carried out without any betraying employees. As such, a gigantic mass force would be amassed with the leadership of the JVP to win people’s rights and to send Ranil – Maithri government home.
We saw how Rajapaksa regime fell down due to committing frauds, corruption and waste. As such, no one needs to give us assurances about this government. The likes of Rajitha and Maithri who were passive fearing they would be taken away in ‘white vans’ have become very active now. While yahapalana gentlemen serve themselves with backhoe machine the masses are served with an ear-pick.
The government wants to plunder persons without any shame. Taxes are imposed even when people want justice. However, their salaries are increased and luxury vehicles are imported for them. They should not tax people at will. We challenge the President who is a devotee and the leader of the Temperance Movement to close down at least one wine store.
We wish all the best for the GMOA for agitating on behalf of state employees. We should embark on a united action. These struggles should not be allowed to be shadowed by pseudo clashes. As such, all struggles should be incorporated under one programme.”