By Colombo Telegraph –
Construction, Engineering services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawnasa is using 30 vehicles released from the State Engineering Corporation, trade unions allege.
Trade Unions including those affiliated to the Communist Party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have protested outside State Engineering Corporation (SEC) today. The issues they were protesting ranged from alleged corruption in Weerawansa’s Ministry to a demand for a salary increase. Minister Wimal Weerawansa was also not spared of allegations. One of them was that he used nearly 30 vehicles released from the SEC. Dudley Palansooriarachchi, General Secretary of the Corporations and General Workers Union, told media another issue was the allotment of 22 acres of land in Peliyagoda to a private concern. It adjoins the SEC’s main construction workshop.
Yet another was about 40 SEC employees whom the trade union leader alleges are working “unofficially” as Sales Development Officials. “They are receiving substantial salaries which are not recorded and are not part of the pay-sheet,” he said. They wanted the matter investigated. The protestors demanded a pay-hike for all SEC employees and claimed it was long overdue.
The Convener of joint trade unions Thushara Gunasekara alleged that rampant corruption is prevalent at the corporation. “Large scale corruption prevails within the corporation, we have not received any salary increase during the last three years and we will continue to fight for our rights” he said