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FTZ union adopts three resolutions

2013 Jun 22

Three resolutions were adopted at the delegates’ conference of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) at the New Town Hall on June 16. They were for a social movement led by the trade unions, a free media and a free and fair election to the Northern Provincial Council.

The Secretary of the FTZGSEU Anton Marcus told The Island that the government had plunged the country into a serious economic crisis through corrupt and inefficient economic and financial planning and management. The Sri Lankan rupee was not expected to appreciate, but would depreciate even more, he added.

Marcus said that data showed a declining trend in foreign trade with a growing deficit leading to an increase in the cost of living (CoL) with burdens heaped on

low income earners. He said that the government had no alternative plans for development and only an organised working class could pose a challenge to the government, which was exploiting the public.

The delegates proposed the appointment of a People’s Commission to investigate inefficiency and corruption in state agencies and departments highlighting the issue of CoL and make public their findings.

The delegates decided to support all freelance and working journalists to organise their own independent trade unions and a federation and called upon all to condemn and reject the code of ethics for the media being prepared by the government. He said that a committee would be appointed to re-evaluate and improve the code of professional conduct for media personnel initially drafted in 2000 by the Editors’ Guild.

The FTZGSEU delegates also demanded a free and fair election to the Northern PC and an immediate appointment of a civil governor in the North, appointment of an independent Elections Commission.

By Lal Gunesekera

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