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Sri Lanka: Workers at glove manufacturer go on strike over dismissal of union members and demand an end to union oppression

Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 1 August 2019

"Rubber glove workers in Sri Lanka protest unjust terminations", 16 January 2019

Protesting workers at ATG Ceylon...are demanding the reinstatement of five terminated union officers and members, and an end to union oppression at the company. 

The workers have been demonstrating...since 11 January following the dismissals, leading the company to stop production. The terminations took place even though the five union members are all involved in an arbitration process with the company that has not yet concluded...

...As the union tried to resolve the issue of numerous suspensions and dismissals at the company through the arbitration process, management went ahead in terminating five union members with immediate effect on 11 January 2019...

...Anton Marcus of FTZ & GSEU, said: “The ATG management acted unfairly without respecting the ongoing arbitration process and in violation of the Industrial Dispute Act. All benefits due to workers, irrespective of their involvement in union activities, should be provided to them. We demand the terminated workers are reinstated immediately. We call upon the ATG management to constructively engage with the union towards resolving the dispute as soon as possible.” ...

 

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