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Casual workers protest against removal by govt.

2015 Mar 06

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Former Housing, Construction, Engineering Services and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa yesterday urged the government not deprive workers of their livelihood.

A group of casual maintenance workers of the Road Development Authority (RDA) employed on the Southern Expressway launched a protest on the rooftop of the Sethsiripaya II building three days ago against their removal by the new government.

Colombo District MP Weerawansa visited them yesterday morning as the security personnel did not allow other workers to supply protesters with food and water. Several workers went inside Sethsiripaya premises with food and water with Weerawansa.

After the visit, Weerawansa told the media that some pregnant women were among those engaged in the protest, but Sethsiripaya authorities had not allowed them to be given food and water.

‘Those workers attached to the RDA had been in service for several months on the Expressway, but the new government suddenly replaced them with new workers. Is this good governance?’

Weerawansa said President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had to intervene to ensure that they were given their jobs back.

When former Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also went to Sethsiripaya to visit the protestors, the security personnel denied him access.

Hambantota District MP Amaraweera went back as his repeated requests to visit protesters were refused by security officials at the main gate.

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