In a dramatic twist the yahapalanaya government appointed CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte of SriLankan Airlines had told Members of the Pilots Guild that there was no proof of corruption and malpractices as highlighted by the Weliamuna report. This was revealed by Capt. Renuke Senanayake the President of the Airline Pilots Guild in writing to the airline’s Chairman Ajith Dias yesterday.
The first government-commissioned inquiry into the previous Rajapaksa regime’s acts of corruption, fraud and malpractices was carried out by the Lawyer J.C. Weliamuna along with his team comprising of senior lawyers U.H. Palihakkara, B.A.W. Abeywardane, M.K.Bandara. This six week long exercise cost the tax payer Rs 3.5 million.
The letter sent by the Pilot’s Guild expressing their lack of confidence in CEO. Capt. Ratwatte was based on the threatening and demeaning manner he also addressed the pilot community at a meeting held on the 21st April 2016.
The letter was copied to the Secretary Public Enterprise Development, Board of Directors SriLankan Airlines and all Members of the Airline Pilots Guild.
We publish below the letter sent to Chairman Ajith Dias by the Pilots Guild of Sri Lanka:
Mr. Ajith Dias,
Sri Lankan Airlines.
Subsequent to the conduct and statements of the CEO at the meeting held with the pilots, on 21st April 2016 at the BMICH, which is also on record, we wish to state the following which is of serious concern and seek clarification of the below comments made by him:
1. The CEO stated that there was no proof of corruption/malpractices as highlighted by the Weliamuna report, mandated by the government.
2. The CEO stated that the Honourable Prime Minister has intimated that he would close down the Airline in the event of any industrial action by any union of SriLankan Airlines.
3. The CEO stated that he was in active discussion for the induction of a new type of aircraft (Bomabardier C Series) into the SriLankan fleet.
Apart from the above, the CEO during this meeting made statements that were threatening and demeaning to the pilot community present.
Based on the above statements, the antagonistic and threatening language used by the CEO, and his demonstrated lack of competency in his capacity, the ALPGSL membership has unanimously decided to place on record our loss of confidence in the current CEO.
This derogatory and unprofessional conduct of the CEO has occurred while the pilots have been continuously willing to extend goodwill in support of the airline.
Capt. Renuke Senanayake
President – ALPGSL
Cc: Secretary –Public Enterprise Development
Board of Directors – Sri Lankan Airlines
All Members – ALPGSL
Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka
216/45, Diyawanna Place,