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Polls victory clear endorsement of Govt's policies - WP Governor

Western Province Governor and the President of the Joint Council of Trade Unions (JCTU) Alavi Mowlana yesterday said that people of Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provinces gave their verdict last Saturday for the Government and the Security Forces to continue military operations against the LTTE to liberate the people living in the grip of LTTE tyranny and to usher peace.

Governor Mowlana speaking at his Office auditorium said that the Joint JCTU will never take part in the proposed strikes of the JVP.

Mowlana paid his gratitude to the thousands of working class for casting their votes for the betel leaf and helped the UPFA's victory.

"When we tabled the problems of the working class a temporary salary increase of Rs. 1,000 was granted to public sector employees until a permanent solution is found to salary related problems on par with the increase of the cost of living in keeping with the market changes," he said.

"Mowlana noted that not only the local community but also the international community too have recognised the victory of the UPFA at the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections".

"Without any reasonable cause, the trade unions led by the UNP and the JVP demanded for a Rs. 5000 increment at a time the Government is taking forward a giant development drive throughout the country while granting enough facilities to the working class," the Western Province Governor said.

"Our people are intelligent enough to identify the good elements and the mischievous elements," Mowlana added. Secretary of the Central Council of Sri Lanka Secretary Somaratne Chandrasiri said that realising the present situation and the President's patriotic move to eradicate terrorism, the trade unions which held discussions with the President worked genuinely for a UPFA victory at the Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Council Elections.

He said it is the duty of the patriotic citizens to support the President's endeavour to restore peace and prosperity in our country.

President of Public Service Trade Union Federation W.H. Piyadasa said Sri Lanka is at a decisive stage in our history. Even though the Opposition carried out a huge propaganda campaign it ended in utter failure with the comfortable victory of the Government.

 

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