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Unpaid CMC lab workers go to HRC

2014 Feb 19

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and staff of the Microbiology and City Analyst laboratory of the Colombo Municipal Council have complained to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka against the Municipal Commissioner and the Council Treasury for non- payment of their dues for private investigations carried out by them.

A spokesman for the laboratory facility yesterday said payments for approximately one year were overdue.

The lab staff was paid 30 percent of what was earned by the council from private tests performed after working hours. They received food, water as well as urine and stools samples of food handlers for testing. Sometimes those tests were ordered by those institutions to submit reports to the CMC to obtain trade licences, the spokesman said.  

Payments had been approved by the Finance Committee and the General Council following investigations into the legality of the procedure, but a second inquiry had been ordered by the Local Government last December following a petition sent by parties with vested interests, the spokesman said. "That has led to the delay in payments."

Meanwhile Chief of the Public Health Department, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, contacted for comment, confirmed that the staff of the two laboratories had lodged a complaint over a month back with the Human Rights Commission after having not received payments for private investigations.

A spokesman for the Human Rights Commission said the complaint would be inquired into.

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