Lanka trade union asks to make clash report public
Last Updated: Monday, August 08, 2011, 21:41
Colombo: The main trade union of an investment promotion zone in Sri Lanka has asked the government to make public an investigation report on a major clash between employees and the police in May that had claimed one life.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had appointed a one man probe committee of the retired judge Mahanama Thillakaratne to investigate the incident in which over 100 people had been injured.

A 22-year-old man was also killed in the police firing on thousands of workers protesting proposed pension bill.

Thillakaratne presented his investigation report to Rajapaksa last week.

"We have doubts about the independence and the transparent nature of the investigation," Anton Marcus, the Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zone & General Services Employees union, said and asked the government to make the report public.

Marcus said during his testimony before the Thillakaratne commission he had given details of those who were responsible for the incident.

"I would be very keen to see if my observations are recorded in the report".

The police conduct during the demonstration led to the resignation of the then police chief Mahinda Balasuriya.

The workers were opposing the pensions bill which sought to convert the employees' provident and trust fund contributions to a small monthly pension.

The bill has since been put on hold by the government.


First Published: Monday, August 08, 2011, 21:41

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