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Sri Lanka slips into some form of anarchy, Trade Unions claim

The country is slipping into some form of anarchy, Joint Secretary of Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union, Anton Marcus said issuing a statement on the present situation.


In the aftermath of prorogation of the parliament, some State institutions have come under groups who decide for themselves by force leading to anarchic situations in the country without proper governance.

The only way this action of the president could be turned into a constitutionally acceptable move is by establishing a clear majority in parliament, he added.

Although workers in free trade zones and other industrial fields were not satisfied with the ousted regime, they are also not in favour of the unethical removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the prorogation of parliament, Mr. Marcus said.

Allowing and tolerating the low political culture of crossovers is what provides politicians the space to violate the sovereignty of the people in electing decent governments, he pointed out.

If the sovereign right of the people to change and elect governments are allowed to be suppressed by these constitutional coups, it would allow workers’ and human rights and civil liberties to be suppressed as well, he added.


Therefore trade unions are demanding a parliamentary election to honour the people’s right to sovereignty in electing a government of their choice, he said.

Trade Unions and the working class have very serious issues with the “good governance” rule over workers’ and trade union rights.

Trade Unions along with other oppressed people have serious and real issues with this government’s economic policy that has led to a dramatic collapse of the Rupee value, resulting in steep increase in cost of living and a fast decline in efficiency and quality of essential services.

It is the working class and the people who therefore have the right to decide on the fate of this government.

If the sovereign right of the people to change and elect governments are allowed to be suppressed by these constitutional coups, it would allow workers’ and human rights and civil liberties to be suppressed as well, he pointed out.

(LI NEWS)

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